MUMIA ABU- JAMAL
is an award-winning journalist and author of several works, in-
cluding his best-selling Live from Death Row, which brilliantly portrays the deep im-
pact of death row on individual prisoners, Death Blossoms: Reflections from a Prisoner of
Conscience, We Want Freedom: A Life in the Black Panther Party, and Jail house Lawyers:
Prisoners Defending Prisoners v. the U.S.A., about the inspiring re sis tance of prisoners to
the prison system from the inside. In 1981 he was elected president of the Philadelphia
chapter of the Association of Black Journalists. His 1982 trial and conviction for murder
have been widely condemned for constitutional violations as well as blatant racism.
Throughout the more than three de cades he has spent in prison, almost all of it in
solitary conﬁnement on Pennsylvania’s death row, he has consistently fought against
injustice and for his freedom. He holds a BA from Goddard College and an MA from
California State University, Dominguez Hills.
is the editor of You Don’t Play with Revolution: The Montreal Lectures
of C.L.R. James and author of Fear of a Black Nation: Race, Sex, and Security in Sixties
Montreal. He teaches in the Humanities, Philosophy, and Religion Department at
John Abbott College, Montreal.
MADISON SMARTT BELL
is winner of the Strauss Living Award from the American
Acad emy of Arts and Letters and holds the Chair for Distinguished Achievement
(with his wife, poet Elizabeth Spires) at Goucher College where he is Professor in
the En glish Department and Co-Director of the Kratz Center for Creative Writing.
Among his many writings, he is the author of an epic novelized trilogy of the Haitian
Revolution: All Souls Rising, Master of the Crossroads, and The Stone That the Builder
is the Asa Messer Professor of Humanities and Critical
Theory and Director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown
University where he is also a professor of Africana Studies and aﬃliated professor of
History of Art and Architecture. His latest book is From Revolution in the Tropics to