Thursday, March 17, 2011

"Two Panthers Die" [col. writ. 3/17/11] (c) '11 Mumia Abu-Jamal
In a matter of months, two former high-ranking and prominent members of the Black Panther Party returned to their ancestors, largely unknown and barely reported.
During the 1960's and '70's, they were well-known targets of government surveillance as well as efforts to imprison and destroy them.
In Oct. 2010, Michael "Ceteway" Tabor, once head of the New York Ministry of Information of the Party, and also one of the heralded N.Y. Panther 21, died in Luseka, Zambia (S.Africa) at the age of 64.
In February of this year, Don "D.C." Cox, former national Field Marshal and member of the Party Central Committee died in his home in the South of France. DC was 74.
"D.C.", as field marshal, headed military affairs and trained men and women in self-defense tactics.
"Cetewayo", as one of the N.Y. 21, faced imprisonment for a police frame-up designed to destroy the N.Y.Chapter. Rather than trust his freedom to the courts, he skipped bail and left the U.S. D.C. faced charges in Baltimore, MD in connection with military action there, and split the country for the International Sections of the BPP in Algiers. He stayed and worked there for several years before migrating to France.
Both men spent the balance of their lives in places far from the land of their birth. DC was born in Missouri in 1936. Cetewayo was born in New York in 1946.
Both men wrote articles in the national newspaper; DC on military matters; Cetewayo wrote an article that was so popular that it was later reproduced and distributed nationally, entitled "Capitalism & Dope = Genocide." It was made into a pamphlet and distributed internatonally.
Cetewayo had a deep, actor's voice, and was a powerful public speaker. Indeed, he introduced Huey P. Newton, Minister of Defense, when he spoke at the Revolutionary Peoples Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, PA, in summer, 1970.
DC was a soft-spoken, and basically shy man, who rarely spoke to big groups. He was patient, down-to-earth and deeply cared about rank and file members. Both men wrote books about their lives in the Party, but neither of their works have yet been published.
They believed in Black Revolution, the right of armed self-defense, and the establishment of a Black Revolutionary political party to help usher in Black national independence and freedom.
They fought as warriors for those beliefs, and never stopped believing. They died on different continents, but their hearts remained in Black America.
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Don "D.C." Cox

Michael "Ceteway" Tabor

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