Sophia Dawson’s collection of letters and ephemera from incarcerated members of the Black Panther Party, MOVE, and Black Liberation Movement. Designed and compiled by Marysia Gacek.
The book sheds light on Dawson's journey that inspired her murals, large-scale portraits, videos, sound pieces, and performances. In 2010, Dawson started working on the "To Be Free" project. It captures, through art, the life-stories and experiences of political activists imprisoned in the 60s. Through her work, she attempts to humanize social justice issues through personal stories, raise the profile of each individual political prisoner in the mainstream, inspire, educate, inform, and direct audiences to support the release of political prisoners in the United States. Since the project began in 2010, eleven political prisoners have been released including the seven remaining members of the MOVE 9.
Featured activists include Sundiata Acoli, Zolo Azania, Herman Bell, Veronza Bowers, Grailing Kojo Brown, Romaine “Chip” Fitzgerald, David Gilbert, Robert Seth Hayes, Mumia Abu Jamal, Mohamman G. Koti, Mondo We Langa, Ruchell Magee, Abdullah Majid, Thomas Manning, MOVE 9 (Debbie Sims Africa, Eddie Africa, Janet Holloway Africa, Janine Phillips Africa, and Michael Davis Africa), Virgin Island Five (Warren Ballentine (Abdul Azeez) and Meral (Malik) Smith), Jalil Muntaqim, Sekou Odinga, Ed Poindexter, Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Russell Maroon Shoats, Reverend Joy Powell, Kamau Sadiki, Maliki Latine Shakur, and Kenny Zulu Whitmore.
Proceeds will be donated to Black Panther Party Commemoration Committee and The Jericho Movement.
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738 pages, 11 x 8.5 inches
Printed in the USA