Last night, we lost a Black revolutionary elder, a former political prisoner, a civil rights leader and a good and kind person.
Sekou Kambui was a New Afrikan political prisoner had 47 years of his life stolen from him by the carceral state. Born in Gadsden, Alabama in 1948, Sekou was involved in groups such as the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He got involved in the Black Panther Party while living in Chicago and New York in the late 1960s, and later joined the Republic of New Afrika and Alabama Black Liberation Front, among others. He was also a soldier in the Black Liberation Army. He was captured in Birmingham in 1975 and falsely charged with the murders of two white men in retaliation for his revolutionary political organizing. He was sentenced to two life terms, but received parole in June 2014. During his time in prison he was an accomplished jailhouse lawyer, advocating for the rights of other inmates. He suffered tremendous retaliation and abuse for his organizing and advocacy on the inside. After his release he worked with the Free Alabama Movement and continued to travel, speak, and organize against prison slavery and mass incarceration.
We were lucky enough to be part of his support team through the parole process. He was a good man, and we will miss him deeply. We honor his passing by remembering his life, his sense of humor, and the ways he changed the world for the better. Rest in power, Sekou.
Sekou Kambui on Life After 47 Years as a Political Prisoner: https://vimeo.com/175268039
Interview with Sekou Kambui: https://houstonabc.wordpress.com/2015/03/11/interview-with-formerly-incarcerated-political-prisoner-sekou-kambui/
Remembrance of his life from the Aboriginal Writer / Radyo Inteligenta Indigena: