10 things every black person should know about H. Rap Brown

Published On June 5, 2014 | By Admin | Black Power 60s, The latest posts

Hubert Brown, known to the media as H. Rap Brown and Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin after his conversion to Islam, was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  He is most known for his activism, and over the course of his life, he became symbol for both the power and danger of the militancy of the civil right’s movement that faced both white Americans and radical activists during the late 1960s.  Brown was an eloquent leader of the urban rebellions of black discontent, and his skills as a popular and effective speaker helped earn him the name “Rap.”  Below are 10 facts about Brown and his life as an activist.

1. In 1960, Brown moved to Washington D.C. and joined the Non-Violent Action Group (NAG) and became the groups chairman in 1964.

2. Brown later became involved with voter registration drives in the Deep South through the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and later replaced Stokley Carmichael as the national chairman in 1967.

3. In 1967, Brown was charged with inciting to riot for a speech he gave in Cambridge, Maryland.  Brown resigned as chairman of SNCC and went into hiding.  He eventually appeared on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List in 1970 after avoiding the charges of inciting a riot and carrying a gun across state lines – a charge of which is was not formally notified of.

4. In 1968, Brown helped coordinate a brief alliance between SNCC and the Black Panther Party while serving as minister of justice for the Black Panther’s.

5. Brown was apprehended in 1972 and while serving four years for the prior charges, he converted to Islam and took the name Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, which means beautiful servant of Allah the trustworthy.

6. After his release, Brown moved to Atlanta where he served as the Imam of a local mosque as well as in Chicago, New York, and Detroit.

7. Brown’s mosque operates its own 300 student school and conducts outreach efforts at local college campuses.

8. Brown is currently accused of killing Fulton County Deputy Ricky Kinchen and wounding Deputy Aldranon English on March 16, 2000 when he was served with an arrest warrant at the grocery store he owns in Atlanta.

9. Although many feel that Brown is not guilty, he was convicted on 13 counts that included murder on March 9, 2002 and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.  Many consider him a political prisoner, and find evidence against him to be contrived as police initially reported that the shooter who fired at the deputies was wounded, and Brown had no injuries.

10.  Brown’s conviction was upheld by the Georgia Supreme Court in 2004, and he is currently serving his sentence at the ADX Florence supermax prison in Florence, Colorado.

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