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Abu-Jamal, Mumia (1954-)
Amanda K. Cox
Mumia Abu-Jamal was born Wesley Cook on April 24, 1954, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An award-winning African American journalist and political activist who has contributed to dozens of newspapers, written several books, and hosted his own radio show, Abu-Jamal is currently a prisoner serving a life sentence at Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution-Greene for the 1981 murder of a police officer, Daniel Faulkner. At the time of his arrest, Abu-Jamal was the president of the Philadelphia chapter of the Association of Black Journalists and was known as “the voice of the voiceless” as a result of his news broadcasts on numerous radio stations. Dubbed a political prisoner by some, including many activists and scholars, Abu-Jamal maintains his innocence of the crime for which he was convicted and has supporters across the nation and in many foreign countries. However, there are many who claim that justice was served and that Abu-Jamal is guilty ...