Imari Abubakari Obadele

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Imari Abubakari Obadele


Imari Abubakar Obadele (1930-2010) was co-founder of the Malcolm X Society (1967) and the Republic of New Africa (1968). In 1971 as provisional president of the Republic of New Africa (RNA), he and ten other members of the provisional government were arrested and convicted of murder, assault and sedition after local police raided their headquarters in Jackson, Mississippi. In 1973 he was released from prison, but he and six others were arrested and convicted on federal conspiracy charges and incarcerated in a federal prison in Illinois. In 1977 while serving a seven year sentence, he filed a civil suit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) which resulted in the release of government documents confirming that the RNA had been targeted for subversion by the covert and often illegal Counter Intelligence Program of the FBI. Subsequently, he was released from prison in 1980 and pursued an academic career, he received a B.A. in 1981, a Master's degree in 1982, and a Ph. …

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