When Uganda's visionary epic poet, Okot p'Bitek, has his fictional Acoli
wife address her brainwashed English-educated husband, trying to re-establish his respect for traditional values and love for his African people, the internally embattled husband lashes out with verbal and emotional abuse.
The other poets whose work is addressed in the book all come from cultures in which a missionary insistence on the superiority of monotheism came abrasively into conflict with radically different conceptions of religion, as the revealing account in the book of the Acoli
encounter with Christianity shows.
By spring 1973, Comrades Assata Shakur and Sundiata Acoli
were captured, along with Nuh and Jalil (Anthony Bottom); Twyman Myers (2) was on the FBI's Most Wanted List, and I was still traveling back and forth across the country trying to build necessary support mechanisms.
Since 1973, Sundiata Acoli
has been serving a life sentence for the murders of a police officer and a fellow Black Liberation Army member in a shootout in which Acoli
drove the getaway car.
Newton, Ramona Africa, Assata Shakur, Geronimo ji-Jaga, Dhoruba bin-Wahad, Leonard Peltier, Sundiata Acoli
On May 2, 1973 I, along with Zayd Malik Shakur and Sundiata Acoli
, was stopped on the New Jersey Turnpike, supposedly for a "faulty tail light." Acoli
got out of the car to determine why we had been stopped; Zayd and I remained in the car.
I call such measures "augmented cost of living indexes," or ACOLI
. Many important questions would be addressed by an ACOLI
The 'pumpkin' in the Acoli
tradition carries ethereal significance, not just as a leguminous crop edible and rich in vitamins necessary for good health.
Among them were Marilyn Buck, a committed activist, teacher, organizer, poet, and human rights warrior, as well as my dear comrade and codefendant of mine in the "Resistance Conspiracy" case, who was serving 80 years; Sundiata Acoli
, life plus 30 years; Mutulu Shakur, 60 years; Oscar Lopez Rivera, 70 years; and Leonard Peltier, two consecutive life terms.
When you confront the level of commitment of someone like Ruchell Magee, or Hugo Pinell, Leonard Peltier, Sundiata Acoli
Another was Sundiata Acoli
, (2) former Black Panther and Black Liberation Army member imprisoned for almost three decades because of his defense of his community during the COINTELPRO war against the Panthers.
If Mumia's supporters were to take his words seriously, they would also be supporting Ruchell Magee, Sundiata Acoli
, and Sekou Odinga (among others).