DELBERT AFRICA: MOVE MEMBER

[col. writ. 2/28/17] ©’17 Mumia Abu-Jamal

His name is Delbert Africa, a well-known member of the MOVE Organization of Philadelphia. But if you’re in your 20s or 30s-or even your 40s, you may be forgiven if you don’t know the name.

That’s because he is perhaps best known as the man who was brutally punched, kicked, rifle-butted and stomped by cops when arrested, and this happened long before the infamous police beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles.

That’s because Delbert was assaulted (on video!) in August of 1978, one of the earliest MOVE Confrontations.

Africa, like other MOVE members, has taught younger prisoners in ways to appreciate and become closer to their families. But that sense of service, which is deep in MOVE, doesn’t douse his fire. Listen for yourself:

„My name is Delbert Africa of the MOVE Organization. I just want to say the MOVE Organization is a family of strong, serious, deeply committed revolutionaries founded by a wise, perceptive, strategically-minded Black man named John Africa. John Africa took each and every MOVE member from the weak-bodied, sick, inactive, apathetic persons that we were and molded us into strong revolutionaries that are committed to doing away–eliminating this system. Not reforming it, not changing its government, but eliminating this whole oppressive system. „

Delbert Africa is a revolutionary, who is just as steadfast in his belief as he was back in the ’70s. That’s because he’s seen and experienced things that would astonish people. Remember that kicking and stomping I mentioned? Ever wonder what happened to the cops caught on video? Well–nothing-but that’s a story for another day.

Delbert Africa issues a call to all social, radical and revolutionary movements-to keep on fighting: „What I’m here today, thanks to Noel Hanrahan and Prison Radio is a call for everybody else out there, I don’t care who you are, to become and stay revolutionaries. ‚Cuz revolution is not an activity. If you still worshipping money, you still doing drugs, if you abusing your mate, then you ain’t revolting against this system, you’re helping this system keep this same thing going. What I’m saying is, I want the eco-warriors to keep on fighting. I want Black Lives Matter to keep on revolting. I want the animal liberationists to keep on fighting. Those who are descendants of native lands out there in South Dakota against this oppressive pipeline, keep on fighting. Don’t let this system put you down. I want everybody in the LGBQT community, keep on fighting. Don’t give in. This is what John Africa taught MOVE: not to ever give in to this oppressive system. It don’t matter about jail, it don’t matter about prisons, we know that we can keep on and we won’t be stopped“.

Delbert Africa specifically sent his salute to the Black Lives Matter movement(s), adding that he loved those young folks.

He ain’t alone in that. — ©’17maj