Welcome Home Celebration for Sekou Odinga
On a rainy Saturday, Morning in February 2015 I traveled to Harlem New York with fellow members of the DC Chapter of the National Black United Front to welcome home Sekou Odinga. Mr. Odinga was release from prison after serving 33 years on November 25, 2014. The Official Welcome Home Celebration for Sekou Odinga, Titled, “Love Yourself, Love Your Freedom” had a standing-room-only auditorium crowd at the Malcolm X and Dr. Shabazz Memorial and Education Center in Harlem. The center was originally known as the Audubon Ball room, the place where Malcolm X was assassinated.
Sekou Odinga is an Afrikan American activist who was imprisoned for actions with the Black Liberation Army in the 1960s and 1970s.
After Malcolm X death he joined Black Panther Party. In early 1968 he helped build the Bronx Black Panther Party. In 1981 he was charged with six counts of attempted murder, nine predicate acts of Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO), stemming from his alleged involvement in the escape of Assata Shakur from prison and the Brink’s armored car robbery. He was convicted in 1984 and sentenced to a consecutive twenty-five years to life state sentence and a forty-year federal sentence.
I am very impressed with Mr. Odinga strength and determination. This brother is still fighting for the liberation of Afrikan people. The auditorium was filled with love and appreciation for his sacrifice. Mr. Odinga’s wife, Dequi Kione Sadiki, received The Afrikan Centennial Service Award from the Universal Black Cross nurses ACL.
The event was sponsored by Brotherhood SisterSol, Harlem Cop Watch, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, New York Black Panthers, Party for Socialism and Liberation, Rebel Diaz Arts Collective and the Universal Zulu Nation.
Those interested in supporting Odinga and his work around political prisoners can contact the Sekou Odinga Defense Committee, P.O. Box 380-122, Brooklyn, N.Y., 11238 or visit www.sekouodinga.com.
Today’s National Alumni Association of the Black Panther Party embodies this action, this charge: “Passing the torch of freedom to the next generation. Dare to struggle, dare to win.” This will all come to life in Oakland at the 50th anniversary celebration of the founding of The Party. There, organizers of all ages will come together to reflect, renew, and move forward…focused on justice and empowerment for all oppressed people. The Time is now! All Power to the People!
CONVENING FOR FREEDOM: 50 Years and Counting!
In honor of 2016 being the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party, the National is inviting Black organizers and activists, allies and supporters worldwide to Oakland, California. October 21 – 23 will be an inter-generational convening of dialogue, arts, and music. The focus will be how the active and still committed alumni of the Black Panther Party and today’s young leaders of various social justice movements and initiatives can work together to further empower the Black community-at-large.
Join us in Oakland with former members of the Black Panther Party, including co-founder BOBBY SEALE (who will be celebrating his 80th birthday with us at the national convening).
The #YearOfThePanther crowd funding campaign has a new goal, a new look, a new deadline, and a new link: https://igg.me/at/bpp50. Now is the time to make your donation to the 50th anniversary celebration in Oakland: October 21 – 23, 2016 #BPP50
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