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Ramona Africa to present two public forums at Loyola University New Orleans

Loyola press release - November 6, 2000

(New Orleans)—Ramona Africa, an African-American woman who is active in the prison reform and racial equality movements, will be on the main campus of Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Avenue, for two public forums. Her November 7 forum will be on institutional racism and will take place in the Claiborne rooms of the Danna Center at 7 p.m. Africa will discuss the plight of her brother, Mumia Abu Jamal and the Angola Three and other prison reform issues in Room 114 of Miller Hall on Thursday, November 9, 7 p.m.

Africa, communication minister for the MOVE Organization, has worked for the cause of racial equality since the 1970’s and has spent several years in prison because of her labors. Mumia Abu Jamal is currently in prison convicted of murdering a police officer in Philadelphia. He is the current focus of her efforts as she works for his retrial in light of new evidence in the case. Jamal is a focal point for the criminal justice system reform movement nationally. The Angola Three are prisoners in Louisiana who have been in solitary confinement for almost three decades because of their attempts to organize a Black Panther Party in the Angola State Prison.

These lectures have received the support of many activists’ groups on the Loyola campus including the Black Student Union, Amnesty International, the Student Sociology Organization, and the Loyola University Community Action Program (LUCAP). The Student Government Association and the Biever Guest Lecture Series have helped, in part, to fund these events.

For more information about these lectures, contact Ashely Gibb at 861-5723.