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Born on a Move: Love and Revolutionary Survival in the Struggle to Free the Move 9

Africa Mike, Michael Africa, Debbie Africa

In 1978, police raided the MOVE headquarters in Philadelphia. During the raid the police shot and killed one of their own, but nine MOVE members, including Mike's father and his mother (pregnant with him at the time), were convicted for the death.

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Publisher: Common Notions.
Publish Date: 04/06/2021
Pages: 176
ISBN-13: 9781942173151
ISBN-10: 1942173156
Language: English

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In 1978, police raided the MOVE headquarters in Philadelphia. During the raid the police shot and killed one of their own, but nine MOVE members, including Mike's father and his mother (pregnant with him at the time), were convicted for the death. In a prison cell, Debbie Africa gave birth and was able to spend just three days with her son before guards discovered Mike and wrenched them apart. In 1985, Mike was seven when he saw the smoke from the police bombing of the new MOVE headquarters fill the sky. Mike dedicated his life to freeing his parents and the rest of the MOVE nine. It took forty years, but they are free

Born on a Move, the first memoir by a member of the MOVE organization, is Mike's coming-of-age story--a decades-long effort to come to terms with his traumatic separation, win justice for his family, and come into his own as a radical activist, hip-hop artist, and motivational speaker. Replete with intimate portraits of inspiring activists, including his mentors Ramona Africa and Mumia Abu-Jamal, Born on a Move depicts a life in the struggle from the perspective of one born into the heart of it.

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