September 13, 1947: Happy Birthday Geronimo Pratt

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Geronimo Pratt (born Elmer Pratt), also known as Geronimo Ji Jaga and Ji Jaga Pratt, was a high-ranking member of the Black Panther Party. The FBI targeted him in a COINTELPRO operation, which aimed to “neutralize Pratt as an effective BPP functionary.” 

Pratt was tried and convicted of the kidnap and murder of Caroline Olsen in 1972, and spent 27 years in prison, 8 of which were in solitary confinement. Pratt was freed in 1997 when his conviction was vacated. He was working as a human rights activist up until the time of his death. 

Pratt was also the godfather of the late rapper Tupac Shakur. 

He died of a heart attack in his adopted country, Tanzania, on June 3, 2011.

2 Comments

  • Kristal Koopmans May 27, 2019 - 8:42 pm Reply

    Good post. Thanks.

  • Bro. Keith X Hudson July 9, 2019 - 11:50 pm Reply

    RIP General

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