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George Jackson Lives
Maker: Malaquías Montoya
Date Made: circa 1973
Place Made: North America: United States; California, Berkeley
Measurements: 60.9 cm x 45.7 cm; 24 in x 18 in
Main Subject: Political Prisoners; African Americans; Black Panther Party; Viet Nam War Era
Materials: glossy paper (fiber product); wrapped, corners
George Jackson Lives Those Who Brought You The Murder Of George Jackson... The State Of California Presents The Trial Of The San Quentin Six Featuring: -Racism- -Facism [sic: Fascism]- -Injustice- Marin County Civic Center - San Raphael © Malaquias Montoya
Acquisition Number: 1999-202
Production Notes: Does include copyright and artist name along bottom.
Under copyright; used by CSPG with permission.
THE SAN QUENTIN SIX The San Quentin Six were charged in connection with the deaths of two guards and three white inmates who were slain at San Quentin following the murder of Soledad Brother George Jackson on August 21, 1971. The Six, including David Johnson, Fleeta Drumgo, Luis "Bato" Talamantez, Sundiata Tate, Hugo "Yogi" Pinell, and Black Panther Johnny Spain, were leaders of the resistance of politicized prisoners. Every time they entered the courtroom they were shackled together at the feet and wore waist handcuffs and neck chains. They sat in a specially constructed courtroom with bulletproof glass separating the spectators from the defendants. In January 1974, Judge Vernon Stoll dismissed the case, ruling that the means used to select the grand jury did not assure a fair representation of blacks, Latinos, blue-collar workers, and the young. Spain, Tate, and Talamantez currently live in the San Francisco Bay Area. All are active in prison reform work. Hugo Pinell is still locked down in maximum security.* "Through the Black Panther Party and the writings of George Jackson, blacks in prison had come to see themselves not as criminals but as men, men whose potential was to form the backbone of an army to free our people. Black prisoners had begun building prison chapters of the party. They had begun pledging themselves to our struggle. The hero of all of them, the standard-bearer of that prisoner movement, was George Jackson. Breathing political fire into the hearts of thousands of angry black inmates across America, he was the Dragon of Ho Chi Minh. He was the field marshal of an army still in formation. George Jackson was Huey's hero." —Elaine Brown, A Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story *[edit 2019: Hugo has since died in 2015 after being stabbed by 2 inmates https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Quentin_Six]