March 21: Former MOVE political prisoner to discuss MOVE and Black Erasure

MOVE member and former political prisoner Ramona Africa will discuss the need for people to stop looking to politicians and to the nation’s current system for solutions on Wednesday. March 21, at 7 p.m. in the Gallery Theater, Elaine Langone Center. The free, public talk — titled “MOVE and Black Erasure” — is part of the The Griot Institute for Africana Studies’ Spring Lecture and Performance Series on the theme of “Erasure: Blackness and the Fight Against Invisibility.”

Now 61, Africa has been a committed MOVE member for 37 years. She spent seven years in prison from 1985 through 1992, imprisoned after the May 13, 1985 MOVE bombing when six adults and five babies were killed. Africa was the only adult to survive, joining one infant.

Africa grew up in a middle class black family in west Philadelphia and went to Catholic school from first to eighth grade. She went on to graduate from Temple University where her aspiration was to become a lawyer. She planned to go to law school but then encountered MOVE in Spring 1979 and that changed her aspiration.

This talk is made possible through the generous support of the University Lectureship Committee. For additional information, email

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