Writing on the Wall : Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Mumia Abu-Jamal's essential perspectives on black experience, race relations, freedom, justice, social change, and the future of American society.
"Abu-Jamal [has an] ever-lucid voice and humanistic point of view...eloquent and indelible."—Booklist (starred review)
From the first slave writings to contemporary hip hop, the canon of African American literature offers a powerful counter-narrative to dominant notions of American culture, history and politics. Resonant with voices of prophecy and resistance, the African American literary tradition runs deep with emancipatory currents that have had an indelible impact on the United States and the world. Mumia Abu-Jamal has been one of our most important contributors to this canon for decades, writing from the confines of the U.S. prison system to give voice to those most silenced by chronic racism, impoverishment and injustice.
Writing on the Wall is a selection of 100 previously unpublished essays that crystalize Mumia Abu-Jamal's essential perspectives on community, politics, power, social change and U.S. history. From discussions of Rosa Parks and Trayvon Martin, to John Walker Lindh and Edward Snowden, Abu-Jamal articulates lucid, humorous and often prescient insight into the past, present and future of American politics and society. Written as radio commentaries from his prison cell in Death Row, where he was held in solitary confinement for close to 30 years, Mumia's revolutionary perspective brims with hope, encouragement and profound faith in the possibility of social change and redemption.
Mumia Abu-Jamal is an award-winning journalist and author of two best-selling books, Live From Death Row and Death Blossoms.
Johanna Fernandez is a Fulbright Scholar and Professor of History at Baruch College in New York City.