|Eddie Goodman Africa, middle in ochre shirt and blue trousers, is flanked by family members and supporters outside Mahanoy prison in Frackville, Pennsylvania. Photograph: Handout|
Eddie Goodman Africa, 69, was released on Friday from Mahanoy prison in Frackville, Pennsylvania, more than a decade after he became eligible for parole. His return to the community reduces to two the number of Move members who remain behind bars, in a creeping resolution to some of the most bloody confrontations between police and black radicals of the 1970s and 1980s.
Eddie Africa’s decades in prison were the product of a running battle between Philadelphia’s notoriously brutal police force and the Move organization. Move was a hybrid group that combined black liberation radicalism with a form of early environmentalism, each of its members taking the last name Africa to denote that they regarded themselves as one family. Read more