|The Power of the Word! Add libratory education to your gift-giving. Revolutionary works at Prison Radio! Pick any one of the 13 books that Mumia Abu-Jamal has written.
Mumia is in print because of the “tiny but mighty” Prison Radio. We brought his first work, Live From Death Row, to print and we published his latest trilogy Murder Inc. Genocide, Empire and Manifest Destiny written with noted filmmaker Stephen Vittoria. The trilogy is a searing critique of the American Empire, a diagnosis of a corrupt pathology. This dramatic three-book series is a lively, irreverent, and spirited alternative to the orthodoxy of American exceptionalism.
Book 1: Dreaming of Empire Book 2: America’s Favorite PastimeBook 3: Perfecting Tyranny
“Poetic, biting, fiery, accessible, and utterly undeniable, Murder Incorporated roots this nation in its true history of empire, revealing the Dorian Gray portrait America has worked so hard to hide away. Reading this book and its framework is literally a matter of life or death.”—Walidah Imarisha
Noelle Hanrahan and Jennifer Beach, co-founders of Prison Radio, trekked to SCI Huntingdon near State College PA in 1992 & 1993 and we recorded and compiled his handwritten essays into a manuscript. We broadcast his radio essays. And in the wake of the profound censorship of NPR (Mumia was hired to be a regular commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered and then summarily fired when the F.O.P. inspired Senator Bob Dole to threaten NPR’s funding on the Senate floor) we got the manuscript to literary agent Frances Goldin. She picked up the baton and Live From Death Row was published in 1994 by Addison Wesley – and now by Harper Perennial. It is still one of our greatest hits and a best seller: 2024 will be the 30th anniversary of its debut.
Mumia’s acknowledgement notes “To Noelle Hanrahan who brought in the deadliest of weapons behind the walls – a tape recorder!” His first book is a collection of commentaries exploring the underpinnings of the American prison system and commemorating the lives of visionaries like Malcolm X and Frederick Douglass by engaging with their stories and writings.
Prison Radio is committed to keeping all of Mumia’s books in stock and in print including All Things Censored (2000) Jailhouse Lawyers (2009) and The Classroom and the Cell (2014)
All Things Censored, published by Seven Stories Press – the hardcover edition of the book includes a CD called “BANNED” (tracklist pictured below) with censored radio commentaries by Mumia.
We Want Freedom: A Life in the Black Panther Party “Writing eloquently from his prison cell, Mumia Abu-Jamal gives us a fascinating and unusual history of the Black Panther Party. An invaluable addition to anyone’s reading list” Howard Zinn
Faith of Our Fathers“Mumia Abu-Jamal has always embodied both political courage and moral commitment of his people and to all humanity. That deep spiritual vision is richly reflected in Faith of our Fathers. For one who has been unjustly imprisoned for so many years to retain faith is remarkable enough in itself. But to produce such a work of stunning insight and thoughtful research, as Mumia has done, is truly inspiring.” Manning Marable
Have Black Lives Ever Mattered?“This collection of short meditations, written from a prison cell, captures the past two decades of police violence that gave rise to Black Lives Matter while digging deeply into the history of the United States. This is the book we need right now to find our bearings in the chaos.” Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners Illuminates the legal battles happening inside prison and as well the grounds for the struggle for the liberation of political prisoners, as they remain trapped in the context of the unfair legal system. “Mumia refuses to allow his spirit to be broken by the forces of injustice; his language glows with an affirming flame.” Jonathan Kozol.
The Classroom and the Cell is a classic. A collaboration between Mumia and esteemed journalist, educator, and bookstore owner Marc Lamont Hill. Hill engaged in this complex conversation across the barrier of prison walls on a broad array of topics ranging from black cultural politics to black moral leadership to the state of the education system in America. Each chapter ends with a rich list of revolutionary texts as suggested reading.
“Through countless phone calls, letters, and visits over the past few years, we have plumbed theses of commonality. Both of us are Black men from North Philadelphia, lifelong activists and fathers. We are both a mere three generations from slavery, living in an era more remarkable than our forebears could ever have dreamed.” Mark Lamont Hill
You can help Prison Radio with our commitment to making sure that these powerful books stay in circulation. Mumia’s legacy is an inspiration for freedom-loving people worldwide.
|In creative, revolutionary struggle, towards freedom,
Prison Radio Co-Director