Category Archives: Honoring Dr. Shakur

Rastafarian-Quaker and Dr. Shakur protégé, Jondhi Harrell, fighting for returning citizens in Philly

“I’m a Rastafarian-Quaker,” said Jondhi Harrell, easing back into his chair at the Friends Center, where the administrative office of Harrell’s nonprofit The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC) is located. “I know. It’s weird.” Maybe at first, but comparisons between the two religions have … Continue reading

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Rare Breed Honors Dr. Shakur as Abu

During the summer of 2011, I was reunited with my Abu & life long mentor, Dr. Mutulu Shakur. I had been serving 2 life sentences plus 30 years for conspiracy to possess crack cocaine, none of which were introduced in … Continue reading

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Another long-time mentee of Dr. Shakur shares their story

I first reached out to Dr. Mutulu Shakur in 2004 during a time in my life when I needed more than anything, to be understood and I knew that he, of all people, would hear my voice and that my … Continue reading

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Former heroin dealer turned social justice advocate inspired by Dr. Shakur

I am the above addressed, Leonard A. Rollock, Jr., also known as Petey or Pete Rollock. I am 65 years young…and what I trust is significant as a former federal prisoner/defendant who spent over 25 years straight in various federal … Continue reading

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Religious Leaders Support Clemency for Dr. Shakur

In his own words, Rev. Kamal Hassan firmly believes that, “The church must be engaged in efforts to mend the tear in our social fabric that has caused so many of us to focus solely on our individual needs and … Continue reading

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Dr. Shakur Inspires post-Katrina Relief Work

Eleven years ago today I got in a car in Connecticut and drove 26 hours to New Orleans. It was four months since Katrina and I was heading to the area to volunteer as an EMT with a relief organization … Continue reading

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Chaplain IRAS Levi Supports Call for Clemency

I am writing this letter on behalf of Dr. Mutulu Shakur. In 1996, I was hosting a radio program in Atlanta and would receive numerous letters from inmates at Atlanta Federal Penitentiary. I was invited to speak at a program … Continue reading

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Fellow Prisoner Speaks of Dr. Shakur’s Influence

There is something undeniable about Dr. Mutulu Shakur; he couldn’t hide it even if he wanted to. The beauty of it is that he knows what he has and wastes no effort trying to avoid it. I met Dr. Shakur … Continue reading

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Amsterdam News Letter to Obama in Support of Clemency

The Amsterdam News posted the following ‘Letter in support of Dr. Shakur’s clemency petition‘:   Dear Mr. President Obama: We are writing to urge you to commute the sentence of Dr. Mutulu Shakur. He has served more than 30 years … Continue reading

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Louis Griffin Off Death Row with the Help of Dr. Shakur

“On December 18, 1997, Louis “Homicide Lou” Griffin was convicted of murdering an individual in Alabama over a drug dispute. By a vote of 10-2, the jury recommended that Griffin be sentenced to death; he was subsequently sentenced to die … Continue reading

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