Out of the Mouth of Babes (1:29) by Mumia Abu-Jamal

6/21/17

‘OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES’

[col. writ. 6/21/17] ©’17 Mumia Abu-Jamal

 

They are children, learning about the world they are about to inherit.

And like all children, they are curious.

They heard about the MOVE Bombing in West Philadelphia, which happened decades before they were born.

 

The more they learned, the more questions arose in their minds.

‘The cops bombed a house? With women and children in it?’

In Philadelphia?

With children like us in it?

For real?

 

They studied, and learned.

 Then, they resolved to act.

 They contacted city officials.

They studied the rules governing historical monuments.

They raised the money to erect a monument.

They distributed petitions.

 

And soon, very soon, a monument will arise at the site of the Mother’s Day Massacre of MOVE on Osage Avenue on May 13th, 1985. In fact, on June 24th, 2017, that historical marker will be unveiled. MOVE survivor, Ramona Africa is expected to speak at this horrific, historical site.

 

These children, students of the Jubilee School, did what no politician, nor scholar, had ever thought to do!

They marked history.

They made history.

As only children could do.