GEORGE JACKSON'S FUNERAL - August 1971
I was working at Central Headquarters of the Black Panther
Party (BPP) when George Jackson was murdered by guards in
San Quentin Prison in 1971.
I had never met George personally, but I knew his mother and
sister who worked very closely with the Party. I had met
his brother Jonathan once at Central Headquarters when he
came by with Angela Davis. We spoke briefly.
Early in 1971, members of the BPP would go to court to show
support for George, Fleeta Drumgo and John Cluchette during
their trial for the alleged murder of a prison guard in
Soledad - The Soledad Brothers Trial.
George Jackson was one of the leaders of the developing
Prison Rights Movement at the time. He helped development a
new consciousness among prisoners based on political
education, service to the community and the destruction of
the evil capitalistic system. George was Field Marshall of
the Black Panther Party and had a fantastic gift for
writing. He had a clear analysis of the evils of capitalism
and how it affected our community.
George was loved by all Party members. When he was
murdered, many Party members wanted to take up arms to
avenge his death. I was one of them. We were ready, but
were directed by the Central committee to chill out and stay
focused and the larger, protracted struggle.