videoAbu-Jamal & Education

Teaching about Mumia’s case and struggle offers educators a great opportunity. Analysis of his case and political struggle opens windows out onto a wide array of other political and contemporary concerns.

Professor Johanna Fernandez, key mobilizer of EMAJ today, facilitates Mumia’s call-ins to her classes and movement events around the country.  To explore ways to have Mumia call into your class, contact Fernandez at johanna.fernandez@baruch.cuny.edu .

Mark Taylor, when teaching religion and ethics at Princeton Seminary in the mid-1990s, founded EMAJ, in part, because of the ways Mumia’s essays functioned so effectively in classrooms and seminars.  They worked well at college and graduate levels, even when instructors and students disagreed with some of Mumia’s claims. Taylor clarified, “Mumia’s writing sets before students, with both simplicity and depth, the voices of those behind bars, on death row, the dispossessed anywhere – all in ways that quicken class discussion, and prompt them to go deeper into such issues.” Taylor added, “I also appreciated the broader and more political context within which Abu-Jamal’s writings place the death penalty, prisons, white racism, capitalism and imperialism.” (contact Taylor at mark.taylor@ptsem.edu )

Since the 1990s, schools from high school on upwards, have designed curricula on his case. Check out the resources at the drop-down labels here.

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