To people in California’s north, the name Kiilu Nyasha is familiar like an aunt or another relative. To them, she was a voice of resistance heard on public radio, mostly heard on her show called Freedom is a Constant Struggle. To the former members of the Black Panther Party, she was Sister Kiilu, a former member of the New Haven chapter.
During the murder trial of Bobby Seale and Erica Huggins in 1970, sister Kiilu served as a legal assistant to attorney Charles Garry who defended many top Panthers. During the trial, Kiilu was known as [inaudible].
After the party, she suffered from MS, multiple scleriosis, which left her paraplegic and in a wheelchair. Yet MS neither defined her nor stopped her. She became an immensely talented artist.
She worked as a journalist, commentator, and a host of radio shows. She worked for years as a supporter of Hugo Pinell, the late political prisoner. She was an endless and brilliant source of resistance to the system. She became a beloved and respected elder for young people in the Bay Area.
We remember Kiilu Nyasha, mother, artist, commentator, revolutionary, and inspiration.
From imprisoned nation, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal.
These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio.