Chuck Africa goes home

Chuck Africa (with Alia Africa) after his release from prison Feb. 7. Photo: Mike Africa Jr.

For over 40 years, Chuck Sims Africa, member of the famed MOVE 9, veteran of the MOVE confrontation of Aug. 8, 1978, has been imprisoned in state joints across Pennsylvania, serving what is arguably an illegal sentence of 30 to 100 years for third-degree murder. Several days ago, he walked out of prison and went home.

Chuck, the youngest of the MOVE 9, was one of the feistiest members. During the 1980s, he was on the prison boxing team and went around the state trying guys’ chins. He was a devastating puncher — in and out of the ring.

When he was at SCI Dallas state penitentiary, a white-shirted officer disrespected him. And Chuck knocked him out cold.

Over the years, he spent time studying history — Black history and world history. He taught what he learned to other prisoners.

Finally, Chuck Sims Africa goes home: the last of the MOVE 9.

From Imprisoned Nation, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Listen to Mumia’s commentary at Prison Radio.