By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare

H. Rap Brown (Hubert Gerold Brown), the former civil rights activist and chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee ( SNCC ), was born on October 4, 1943 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

In 1967, he was arrested in Cambridge, Maryland, and charged with inciting a riot, after giving a powerful and fiery speech. Brown would make the FBI’s ten most wanted list, after failing to appear in court for charges of inciting a riot and bringing a gun across state lines, Brown would eventually go to trial in Bel Air, Maryland.

On March 9, 1970, William Payne and Ralph Featherstone two officials in the SNCC organization were blown up in their car en route to the courthouse in Bel Air, Maryland, where Brown was to be put on Trial. The two main theories are first that the two men were assassinated on their way to the courthouse and the other is the two associates of Brown intended to set off the bomb at the courthouse to disrupt the trial.

Brown would disappear and be on the run for approximately a year and a half, which would come to an end after he allegedly attempted a robbery at a bar, which resulted with a shootout with New York City police officers in 1971.Brown would spend the next five years of his life from 1971-1976, at Attica Prison, after he was convicted of robbery. While incarcerated Brown converted to Islam and change his name to Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin. After he was released from prison, he would open a grocery store and become a community activist and Muslim spiritual leader in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

It is theorized that Brown now Al-Amin life took a turn for the worst when he allegedly became associated with the Dar Ul-Islam movement.

On March 16, 2000, in Fulton County, Georgia, when two Sheriffs came to deliver an arrest warrant for failure to appear in court for a speeding citation, somehow he and the sheriffs engaged in a shootout, one of the two sheriff deputies died and the deputy who survived identified Al-Amin as the shooter.

Almost exactly two years to the day of the shootout, on March 9, 2002, he was convicted of 13 criminal charges and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Short speech by H. Rap Brown

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