The Freedom Archives honors the life and work of Baba Chokwe Lumumba – a true revolutionary in both thought and practice. As a young man in Detroit, Michigan Chokwe committed his life to one of struggle and service for human rights and the liberation of African peoples throughout the world. He was a Vice-President of the Republic of New African and played a leadership role in the most significant political cases and movements over the last 40 years. He served on the legal teams of Assata Shakur, the Pontiac Brothers, Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Tupac Shakur, Geronimo Pratt, the Scott Sisters, and many other men and women who faced the challenges of a colonial legal system.
Baba Chokwe was keenly aware that if “there is no struggle, there is no progress.”
When Chokwe entered the movement as a lawyer he was committed to defining and building new ways of legal thought and action for New Afrikan Peoples. He was a co-founder of the New African Peoples organization and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. Chokwe was a leader in the movement for reparations for African People and fought tirelessly to expose the horrors of the FBI COINTELPRO program. In 2005 Chokwe co founded the Mississippi Disaster Relief Coalition, the post Katrina Tribunal and the “Right to Return” Movement in New Orleans. Chokwe Lumumba was a dedicated Pan Africanist – committed to the worldwide struggle against imperialism and colonialism. His willingness to sacrifice his life and his resources to the city of Jackson, Mississippi are clear indicators of that Baba Chokwe stood as a front line soldier in the Black Freedom Struggle.
The Freedom Archives thanks Chokwe Lumumba for his regular contributions to our work. Chokwe’s commitment to struggle for human rights and his “undying love” for African people are the best examples for our future generations. Ase’
Interview with Walter Turner: http://www.freedomarchives.org/audio_samples/Mp3_files/Walter%20with%20Chokwe.mp3
Hello there! We are Oscar and Guayo, and we have been interning at the Freedom Archives since October 2013. We are two students from MetWest high school, which is out in Oakland, a short walk from Laney College. We are both seniors at MetWest, and in addition to our internship, are conducting our very own senior projects. Each senior project must choose and tackle an issue that we feel is important and create an end product which addresses that issue.
Our project is to create and maintain an online news source for youth in Oakland called Young Oakland. The issue we are trying to address is the lack of youth awareness and interest in both local and global news and issues. This is important because historically social movements have been fueled by the hope and passion of the youth. However, how can a young person engage social issues without being well informed?
Our time at the Freedom Archives has proven helpful with our project. One of the main things that we have learned is that things that happen today connect to events from the past. The Freedom Archives has a large collection of documents and audio materials about historical social movements and events. Since we’ve been here, we’ve both learned a lot of specific events in the past and their relevance today. This has expanded our perspective on society and provided us with important historical context. For instance in the case of Oscar Grant we see a connection to events of the past. We learned how police violence has historically been used to destabilize black and brown communities. After learning this we now realize that the case of Oscar Grant was not an isolated incident. In fact, these sorts of killings have been happening for years. We want to take what we learn here and share it with the rest of our community, more specifically with youth in Oakland.
We have partnered with Oakland Local; KDOL TV, and Chapter510 to create a student led news class at MetWest high school. The students learn the basics of journalism and news reporting. The skills the students acquire will then be applied to the creation of content for Young Oakland. So far our class has been a success. The class seems to be engaged as we gear up for the official launch!
Although our class takes place at MetWest, it does not mean that youth from other high schools or the city cannot contribute. We want young folk from all over Oakland to contribute to the site to in order to include our entire community. We chose the name Young Oakland because it is more inclusive to other youth rather than just MetWest students.
Head over to Young Oakland to read and learn more!
-Oscar and Guayo
The Freedom Archives is excited to announce the availability of our newest collection, African Liberation Movements. This collection includes hundreds of original publications, solidarity materials, pamphlets, periodicals and images that chart the evolution of various African Liberation Movements throughout the modern era. This collection is an incredible opportunity to experience African Liberation through narrative, theory and reportage.
Some highlights include materials focusing on the liberation struggle in Zimbabwe (Chimurenga), a wealth of anti-Apartheid materials from various organizations and materials dealing with the role of women, both during independence struggles as well as during periods of national reconstruction. Our collection also contains writings and publications from the Eritrean Liberation Front (ELPF), the Pan-Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC), the Congolese National Liberation Front (FLNC), the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) and hundreds more documents spanning a dozen African countries. This is an expansive collection that offers a unique view into the history, philosophy and discourse of African Liberation, Pan-Africanism, anti-imperialism and Black Consciousness.
Many of these documents have been digitized and the entire catalogue can be viewed online at:
We hope you benefit from this newest addition to the story of resistance, justice, struggle and liberation at Freedom Archives.
If you think that you have materials that would complement or strengthen this collection and would like to donate these items or have any comments or questions about the work we do, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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