Albert "Nuh" Washington

Photo of ALBERT NUH WASHINGTONALBERT NUH WASHINGTON … a freedom loving, freedom fighter, Albert “Nuh” Washington died in prison on April 28, 2000, from cancer. Nuh fought a courageous battle with this disease. He was determined that the effects of the disease on his system would not compromise his integrity, self-respect or humanity. His life and death leaves a rich legacy to be learned from and cherished. Nuh was a teacher, friend, loyal comrade, leader, spiritual advisor, father figure and much more. Nuh was exposed to international politics early in life through meeting some immigrants from Africa who rented rooms from his grandmother. He, along with some friends, wanted to join the struggle to liberate Africa. He was fourteen at the time. In 1969, he joined the Denver Colorado Chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP), working with the Free Breakfast Program. By 1971, the year of the “split” in the Black Panther Party, Nuh was working out of the San Francisco Branch of the Party. During this time he, along with many other San Francisco Party members, went underground as soldiers of the Black Liberation Army (BLA) and formed a network of underground cells.  When Nuh was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he was devastated. He never envisioned dying behind the walls. He always believed he could win his freedom. While accepting the diagnosis, he still fought until the end, but he sought to put his house in order, so to speak. He made arrangements to see people that he needed to see in order to resolve any contradictions and not to leave this world with any animosity in his heart towards anyone on personal levels. Those he couldn’t see in person, he spoke with them on the phone. His final days were spent doing this to the best of his ability.