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Marshall Law : The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther



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What is life for the individual caged in a six-by-nine-foot cell? In 1970 the feds framed Marshall "Eddie" Conway for the murder of a Baltimore city police officer. He was twenty-four years old. They threw him in prison; took him away from his family, his friends, and his organizing; and tried to relegate him to a life marked by nothing but legal appeals, riots and lockdowns, and transfers from one penal colony to the next. But they failed. Forty years later, still incarcerated for a crime he didn't commit, Eddie Conway continues to resist. From his childhood in inner-city Baltimore to his political awakening in the military, from the rise of the Black Panther Party to the sham trial, the realities of prison life, escape attempts, labor organizing on the inside, and beyond, Eddie's autobiography is a reminder that we all share the responsibility of resistance, no matter where we are. Praise for Marshall Law "A truly amazing, authentic African American history lesson."--Emory Douglas, Artist and former Minister of Culture, Black Panther Party "Eddie Conway articulates past and present oppression and demonstrates the need for continuing resistance. Read him."--Bobby Seale, Founding Chairman and National Organizer of the Black Panther Party "A thunderously clear indictment of the ongoing logics of racist political repression and proto-genocidal institutional racism that characterize the U.S. state and the society it has created. Eddie Conway is one of the most significant and, until now, under-recognized political prisoners in the world--we must heed the analysis and political insight offered in these pages."--Dylan Rodriguez, University of California, Riverside and author of Forced Passages

Author Biography

Marshall Eddie Conway is the former minister of defense of the Baltimore Black Panther Party. A father, brother, mentor, and revolutionary, he has played a leading role in a variety of prisoner support initiatives, including the formation of the Maryland chapter of the United Prisoner's Labor Union and the ACLU's Prison Committee to Correct Prison Conditions.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 1
Childhood, A Taste of Americap. 7
Leaving Homep. 19
Home Is Where the Hatred Isp. 29
Work Is Strugglep. 41
Door of No Returnp. 59
Slave Shipp. 71
After Georgep. 83
Fly on the Wallp. 93
Of Riots and Resistancep. 113
The Collectivep. 121
The Bowels of Hellp. 131
Civic Awareness and Famous Amosp. 153
The Housep. 159
Free Agentp. 173
Epiloguep. 185
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