Prison Radio
Kerry “Shakaboona” Marshall

On December 5, 2003, former political prisoner and former South African President Nelson Mandela—affectionately referred to as “Madiba” (Father) by the South African people—has made his transition to the other side to be with our ancestral spirits. Madiba Nelson Mandela was 95 year of age when he passed away.

To the worlds’ people, Nelson Mandela and the South African peoples’ liberation struggle was an inspiration for their continued resistance to military occupations, neo-colonial economic policies, Racism, wars of aggression, and domestic tyranny and oppression.

For prisoners in America, like myself, Nelson Mandela was a great hero to us because he was prisoner like us. He was our beloved comrade in the world-wide struggle of the oppressed versus the oppressor. So to all of us prisoners confined in America’s racist prison systems in the 1980s and early 1990s, Nelson Mandela—identical to political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal at present—was our living symbol of a freedom fighter par excellence, of resistance, of freedom, of hope, and of truth (good) triumphing over falsehood (evil). Nelson Mandela was one of our Lions of Judah, our Christ Jesus whom comes to bring the sword!

Not a prison protest or rebellion went by that you didn’t hear a fellow prisoner yell out “Free Mandela”, “Down with American Apartheid”, “Long Live Mandela” and chants of “Amandla!” (Freedom!) in the faces of sadistic, armed, racist prison guards.

We, prisoners in America, identified with Nelson Mandela as a political prisoner sentenced to hard labor at the infamous Robben’s Island prison because, likewise, we too were being subjected to the same racism, brutality, cruel anti-human treatment and conditions, and terror by Nazi-like prison guards on American soil.

To throw our support behind Nelson Mandela and the South African Peoples’ Liberation struggle we learned all we could of Nelson Mandela, we analyzed his political ideals, we studied the South African peoples’ struggle and apartheid and connected it to our struggles in America, and at every turn we sought to inform others about Nelson Mandela’s 27 years of imprisonment and the racist Afrikaaner Apartheid regime in Azania (South Africa) that were oppressing African and Indian peoples.

So not only was Nelson Mandela the “SON of Africa”, as he was reverently called, but to prisoners here in America he was our “Beloved Brother of Africa”. Today, Nelson Mandela has ascended to “Madiba of the World”! So much so, that the United Nations has established July 18th as International Nelson Mandela Day!

Some things may seem impossible until it’s done. The Struggle continues

Madiba, we love you! Amandla!

Long live the spirit of Nelson Mandela!!!

From the Belly of the Beast, this is Shakaboona.

Thank you for listening.