If you talk to most people less than 30yrs old about Mutulu Shakur you may hear that he is Tupac Shakur’s step father or you may get a memory jar if you refer them to Dead Prez. Dr Mutulu Shakur was so much more than that, he is one of our strongest freedom fighters. He was born in 1950 in Baltimore, Md as Jeral Williams. Early in his youth his family moved to the Jamaica Queens bourough of New York. As a youth growing up in New York he began to develop a political and social consciousness that would become his mark on the world. He first confronted the state in a matter concerning his mother who was blind was having a difficult time navigating the social services system (we know how that goes). He went to bat for his mother and developed a knowledge that that the system did not operate in the interests of Black people and that Black people must control the institutions that affect their lives.
At the age of 16 he joined the New Afrikan Independence Movement which made him a target of illegal Counterintelligence aka COINTELPRO. He was also a part of R.A.M (Revolutionary Action Movement) which fought for black self-determination and socialist change in America. He was also a part of the Provisional Government of the Republic of New Afrika which endorsed the founding of an independent New Afrikan Republic to be established in the southern states (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida). The New Afrikan Independence Movement also worked closely with the Black Panthers.
In 1970 Shakur was employed by the Lincoln Detox (detoxification) Community (addiction treatment) Program as a political education instructor. His role evolved to include counseling and treatment of withdrawal symptoms with acupuncture. Shakur was certified and licensed to practice acupuncture in the State of California in 1976. Dr. Shakur was the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Black Acupuncture Advisory Association of North America (BAAANA) and the Harlem Institute of Acupuncture. At BAAANA he continued his remarkable work and also treated thousands of poor and elderly patients who would otherwise have no access to treatment of this type. Many community leaders, political activists, lawyers and doctors were served by BAAANA and over one hundred medical students were trained in the discipline of acupuncture. Dr. Shakur’s work in acupuncture and drug detoxification was both nationally and internationally known and he was invited to address members of the medical community around the world.
Dr. Shakur has furthermore been a dedicated worker and champion in the struggle against political imprisonment and political convictions of Black Activists in America. He was the founding member of the National Committee to Free Political Prisoners. He has been a leader in the struggle against the illegal U.S. and local American law enforcement programs designed to destroy the Black movement in America and has worked to expose and to stop the secret American war against its Black colony. Dr. Shakur was accused and charged with conspiracy and participation in a clandestine paramilitary unit that attempted to rob several banks between December 1976 to October 1981. Dr. Shakur was also charged with participation in the 1979 prison escape of Assata Shakur, who is now in exile in Cuba. . He has also endorsed support for the legal defense of political prisoners and prisoners of war, including Imari Obadele, Ph.D., Rev. Ben Chavis, Geronimo ji-Jaga (Pratt) of the Black Panther Party, and Assata Shakur and Sundiata Acoli of the Black Liberation Army. In March 1982, Dr. Shakur and 10 others were indicted by a federal grand jury under a set of U.S. conspiracy laws called “Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization” (RICO) laws. These conspiracy laws were developed to aid the government in its prosecution of organized crime figures; however, they have been used with varying degrees of success against revolutionary organizations.
We here at Quite Trill are happy to see brother Mutulu Shakur free from prison and we hope that he able to continue the work he started before his incarceration.