Welcome to the radio magazine that brings you news, commentary and
analysis from a Black Left perspective. I’m Margaret Kimberley, along with my co-host
Glen Ford. Coming up: The nation’s best known political prisoner will celebrate his 67 th
birthday later this month, if Mumia Abu Jamal survives his latest health crisis. And, most
people think of maroons as enslaved people that escaped to hideouts in the mountains.
However, history shows that maroons often found freedom at sea.

But first – George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police set off the largest
protests in US history. The trial of the cop charged in Floyd’s murder was still in
progress when police in a nearby town killed another unarmed Black man. In
Washington, Sputnik Radio host Garland Nixon spoke with Dr. Gerald Horne, the prolific
writer and professor of African American Studies and History at the University of
Houston. Dr. Horne says Blacks have always been in conflict with the U.S. State and its

That was Dr. Gerald Horne, speaking on Sputnik Radio, in Washington.

Justin Dunnavant is a post-doctoral student with a deep interest in Maroons, the
enslaved people that escaped captivity and established relatively free settlements in the
Americas. Dunnavant has researched enslaved and maroon communities in the
Caribbean, Central America and Africa. He’s written an article titled, “Have Confidence
in the Sea: Maritime Maroons and Fugitive Geographies.” Dunnavant says people that
escaped from slavery lived in lots of places besides up in the mountains, thanks to their
seagoing skills.

That was Justin Dunnavant, an expert of seagoing maroon communities.

Supporters of Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner, expected
that he would undergo heart surgery for blocked arteries last week. But the
Pennsylvania prison system won’t even tell Mumia’s family what medical plans they
have for responding to Abu Jamal’s health crisis. A number of his supporters gathered
for a press conference last Thursday, in Philadelphia, hosted by educator Marc Lamont
Hill. First up, was Mumia’s grandson, Jamal, who said the people’s movement – not
supposedly progressive district attorney Larry Krassner – would ultimately free Mumia.

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