While in prison, Shujaa taught himself to read and write and studied history and world affairs. He was mentored by the leadership of the Black Prison movement. He would grow to become a leader of the growing movement within the California prison system, just as the Black Panther Party expanded in the community.
In 1973, he was framed for the murder of a prison guard and was given the death penalty. Obviously, Mr. Graham was able to prove his innocence and free himself in spite of the system of justice as he says.
He will speak to us tonight on the origins of “Black August” and prison movements.
Shujaa Graham lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, with his partner, Phyllis Prentice, and both are active members of Witness to Innocence’s Board of Directors.
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