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In the 1960s he exhorted students at Columbia University to burn their college to the ground. Today hes chair of their School of the Arts film division. Jamal Josephs personal odyssey—from the streets of Harlem to Rikers Island and Leavenworth to the halls of Columbia—is as gripping as it is inspiring.Eddie Joseph was a high school honor student, slated to graduate early and begin college. But this was the late 1960s in Bronxs black ghetto, and fifteen-year-old Eddie was introduced to the tenets of the Black Panther Party, which was just gaining a national foothold. By sixteen, his devotion to the cause landed him in prison on the infamous Rikers Island—charged with conspiracy as one of the Panther 21 in one of the most emblematic criminal cases of the sixties. When exonerated, Eddie—now called Jamal—became the youngest spokesperson and leader of the Panthers New York chapter.He joined the “revolutionary underground,” later landing back in prison. Sentenced to more than twelve years in Leavenworth, he earned three degrees there and found a new calling. He is now chair of Columbia Universitys School of the Arts film division—the very school he exhorted students to burn down during one of his most famous speeches as a Panther.In raw, powerful prose, Jamal Joseph helps us understand what it meant to be a soldier inside the militant Black Panther movement. He recounts a harrowing, sometimes deadly imprisonment as he charts his path to manhood in a book filled with equal parts rage, despair, and hope.

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This compelling memoir of New York Black Panther leader, author, and activist Jamal Joseph provides a personal and gripping narrative of his path from orphaned 1960s radical, through hard times in state and federal prisons, through his reawakening and education, to his current life as a professor at Columbia University and his current pursuits in the arts and social justice activism. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Orphan, activist, subversive, urban guerrilla, the FBI's most wanted fugitive, drug addict, drug counselor, convict, writer, poet, filmmaker, father, professor, youth advocate, and Oscar nominee Jamal Joseph lives with his wife and family in New York City.

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Joseph, Jamal
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Biography & Autobiography - Cultural Heritage
Biography - General
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208.28 x 138.43 x 20.574 mm

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