5 Civil Rights Activists Who Are Imprisoned

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  • Russell Maroon Shoatz, 69
  • Ed Poindexter, 70
  • Mondo we Langa, 64
  • Herman Wallace, 71
  • Sundiata Alcoli, 74
  • Activists Who Are Imprisoned

Sundiata Alcoli, 74

Sundiata Alcoli worked to increase voter registration in Mississippi before joining the Harlem Black Panther Party in 1968. As a Black Panther, he focused on improving schools, housing, jobs, child care, ending drug abuse and police brutality. He is currently the longest held prisoner in New Jersey’s history for the 1973 murder of a N.J. state trooper. Acoli mentors prisoners to combat the cycle of recidivism. In September 1979, the International Jurist, a group of judges and lawyers across the world who promote and protect human rights, interviewed Alcoli and declared him a political prisoner. (Photo: Sundiata Acoli Freedom Campaign)

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