Former political prisoner Sekou Abdullah Odinga was the featured speaker in a panel discussion at the Malcolm X Library in San Diego on Feb. 3. The panel included Dr. Johanna Fernandez, professor in the Department of Black and Latino Studies at Baruch College in New York City; Hank Jones, of the San Francisco 8; and Brandon Duncan and Aaron Harvey, leaders of a local grassroots campaign against Penal Code 182.5. The discussion was chaired by University of California at San Diego Professor Dennis Childs, author of “Slaves of the State: Incarceration from the Chain Gang to the Penitentiary.”
The University of California at San Diego’s African-American Studies Minor Program hosted Odinga as a part of his national tour in support of political prisoners. Professor Childs arranged for the panelists to speak at the Malcolm X Library.
The evening was truly a history lesson on political imprisonment, the prison-industrial complex and…
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