8 PM EST - “The last four or five hundred years of European contact with Africa produced a body of literature that presented Africa in a very bad light and Africans in very lurid terms. The reason for this had to do with the need to justify the slave trade and slavery.” - Chinua Achebe
Political Prisoner and former member of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense has been released according to reports on social media from those close to him. Dominque Stevenson, director of the Baltimore chapter of the American Friends Service Committee announced Conway’s release via Facebook.
Conway was convicted in a trial involving the killing of a police officer. There were many issues with his trial. Conway, like many Black Panthers were targets of racist police departments and illegal FBI CointelPro activities, which aimed to prevent a “Black Messiah” from arising. CointelPro activities by the FBI with co-operation from local police departments around the country and media, included assassinations, frame-ups and media reports demonizing defendants to prevent them from getting fair trials to name just a few.
Conway who was born April 23, 1946, was the Minister of Defense of the Baltimore chapter of the Black Panther Party. He authored a book in 2011 titled “Marshall Law: The Life & Times of a Baltimore Black Panther”. He was held 43 years behind bars as a political prisoner and victim of CointelPro, a prisoner of the FBI’s war against the black community. Today, he is free.