Jamal Jospeph on His Life of Rebellion and Reinvention

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Jamal Jospeph tells the story of his personal odyssey from the streets of Harlem to Riker’s Island and Leavenworth to Columbia University. In Panther Baby: A Life of Rebellion and Reinvention he reveals what it meant to be a soldier inside the militant Black Panther movement in the 1960s. After being entenced to more than twelve years in Leavenworth, he earned three degrees there and found a new calling, turning his life around.


Jamal Jospeph

Comments [4]

jgarbuz from Queens

I grew up in Brownsville, Brooklyn, and read Muhammad SPeaks,the Black Muslim paper with its separatist agenda, and even talked to Black Panthers from time to time. Brownsville looked like Dresden after the bombing. The fire engines never stopped running and the sirens were just a constant of life. I'll never forget that Hell and pray and hope New York never sees the like of it again. I hope.

Feb. 07 2012 01:58 PM
fuva from Harlemworld

To say he just "threw everything away" is simplistic and lacks understanding of the complexity of the reality he faced...

Feb. 07 2012 01:54 PM
john from office

Can he comment about the drug dealing and murders of their fellow "blacks" by the panthers. Lenny, is too nice and white to do this interview, afraid to offend the "hero".

Feb. 07 2012 01:52 PM
Melissa from Jackson Heights

The Black Panthers and the idea of resistance using violence came about several years before MLK's assasination.

Feb. 07 2012 01:50 PM

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