She was tried and the jury returned a verdict of not guilty. The fact that she owned the guns used in the crime was judged not sufficient to establish her responsibility for the plot. Her experience as a prisoner in the US played a key role in convincing her to fight against the "prison industrial complex" that she says exists in the US.
DATHIE HAINES | mother was Cherokee Indian and father was Black. In the Cherokee area of North Ga., Dathie, was captured in the woods and sold into Slavery at Louisville, Ga. to Nathan Haines as a personal Slave to his granddaughter. She had four children during Slavery by her owner, James Haines who gave Dathie and her children 600 acres of land after Slavery. They could not read or write, and were tricked into signing X’s on a document giving the land away. (Mrs.Tommie Braswell Merritt)
The Oakland Community School (OCS) was one of the most well-known and well-loved programs of the Black Panther Party. Point 5 of the Black Panther Party’s original 1966 Ten Point Platform and Program, emphasized the need to provide an education that, among other things, taught African American and poor people about their history in the United States.
Geronimo Pratt (born Elmer Pratt), American veteran & Minister of Defense of the Black Panther Party. The FBI, in a COINTELPRO op, aimed to "neutralize him as an effective BPP functionary." He was tried & convicted of kidnapping & murder, spending 27 years in prison, 8 in solitary confinement; his conviction was then vacated. A sergeant in the Vietnam War, he had earned a Silver & 2 Bronze Stars and 2 Purple Hearts, and attended UCLA on the GI Bill. He was the godfather of Tupac Shakur…