Prison Radio
  • 53 years old
  • 32 years of incarceration
  • Currently at St. Clair Correctional Facility

Table of Contents

  1. Commentaries
  2. Contact Info
  3. Biography
  4. Resources
  5. Gallery


Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun has published 2 commentaries. Latest commentaries:
Title Duration Date
Affirmation read by Bennu Hannibal Rasan 01:25 02/25/18
Free Alabama Movement 05:33 08/19/15

Contact Info

Melvin Ray 00163343

St. Clair Correctional Facility

1000 St. Clair Rd

Springville, AL 35146

“I’ve been incarcerated for 22 years now and I’m an activist, I’m an organizer, I’m a freedom fighter, abolitionist, whatever is necessary in this fight behind these walls and cages.”

Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun


Melvin Ray, better known as Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun, is currently located at St. Clair Correctional Facility. He is one of the founders of the Free Alabama Movement, a campaign to end mass incarceration and abolish the prison-industrial complex led within correctional facilities throughout the south. He has written several pieces and participated in several interviews about the Free Alabama Movement, all of which feature his eloquent testimony about the need for change.

Much of what the Free Alabama Movement advocates for is dependent on economic transformation, or what Ra-Sun calls “economic direct action,” as a means of delivering liberation. In 2018, the Free Alabama Movement organized a campaign to boycott phone calls to prisons in order to disrupt the profits that correctional facilities receive from such lines of communication.


Title Date

Free Alabama Movement

Building an Inside-led prison abolition movement

Organizing To End Prison Slavery with Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun

We spoke to the inmate in solitary who inspired a national strike against ‘modern-day slave conditions’

Seeing the problem, being the solution, making the sacrifice

Our finances have to be redirected from cookies and chips toward freedom initiatives

Boycott, Defund, Bankrupt – Say NO to canteen, incentive packages, collect phone calls and visitation during February, April, June, Black August, October and December in 2018

Make history in 2018, not excuses: Whose side are you on?

We are all bound by the same chain

On Dec. 6, 1865, Black bodies were nationalized – and our prison movement was born

The power of economics: One message, one mind, one movement

Campaign to Redistribute the Pain 2018

Let the Crops Rot in the Fields