Dr. Mutulu Shakur

In 1987 Dr. Shakur was sentenced to 60 years imprisonment for his role in the Black Liberation Movement. He was convicted on “non-specific conspiracy charges” which means, in effect, they could not determine his participation in any particular crime. While he was on the street, Dr. Shakur challenged the use of methadone as a tool of recovery for addicts. He believed in natural remedies instead and, based on those beliefs, founded the Black Acupuncture Advisory Association of North America. Many people credit Shakur with saving their lives. Dr. Shakur has worked to free political prisoners and to expose government abuses against political organizers. While in prison, he has struggled to create peace between rival gangs. Like all of our captured freedom fighters, he embodies the phrase that you can jail the revolutionary, but you can’t jail the revolution!