Speech by Abdul-Aliy Muhammad,
Weds., April 28, 2021,
Rally and March at Univ. of Penn Museum.
Ona move. Say the names: Tree Africa and Delisha Africa. Let’s take a moment of silence. This is heavy, right? Heavy.
It was beyond enough when we found out that Penn had the remains of 53 people, believe to have been enslaved, 51 of them from Cuba, from a plantation […] and 2 of them from Black people from the U.S. And they had some of these encrania from enslaved people, indigenous people, in a glass display case in an anthropology course at the museum.
At that moment when I heard that information I was so upset.
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Dr. Alan Mann worked with the Philadelphia’s Medical Examiner’s office (his assistant was PhD. student Janet Monge). He worked one and a half days for a total of $300. That work was supposed to end and his official engagement with these remains be over.
Mayor Goode establishes a MOVE Commission that hires another forensic pathologist from Delaware, Dr. Hameli. Dr. Hameli took the remains from the MOVE bombing and identified all five children and six adults [all the victims]. [However,] Dr. Mann thought Tree’s remains were those of a young adult, not a 14-year-old, and he couldn’t identify Delisha’s remains either. [Tree and Delisha were the daughters of imprisoned MOVE member Consuewella Africa.]
Mann contradicts Hameli’s claims in the press thus stopping the giving of these sacred remains to family.
Then, Dr. Hameli re-examines the remains and re-affirms his initial report, and that the bones Dr. Mann could not identify were definately those of Delisha and Tree Africa. The MOVE Commission tells the Philadelphia medical examiner’s office to “release these bons according to your regular procedures.”
The mom’s of the children were in prison, so non-MOVE outside families were given remains–except for Tree’s family, which had a symbolic ceremony in November 1985, because the City of Philadelphia had yet to give them the remains.
Tree’s remains were finally released in December 1985. The Medical Examiner’s office was supposed to hand over all the remains.
The funderal for Tree, and her sister Netta, was a joint funeral held on Dec. 14, 1985, by outside family [the mother, Consuewella Africa, was in prison]. The family believed they buried Tree on December 14, 1985.
No one claimed the remains of Delisha Africa because family were incarcerated [said the City], so the City of gave the remains of Delisha Africa to a politician who owned a funeral home. He buried these remains in 1986.
Why is it @ 35 years after Tree’s murder by the State that Dr. Janet Monge is holding up the remainns of Tree in a Coursera class on anthropology (in 2019)?
Parts of their [Delisha and Tree’s] sacred bodies were held n a lab in a box! And Drs. Mann and Morge carried their remains like a game of academic hot potato [to different universities they worked at].
This is disgusting. This is gross. This is not normal. This is not right. This is not okay. [pause]
Monge has to be fired. I stand firm in the demands of MOVE. Free Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Additionally, like Mike Africa Jr. said, some type of restitution has to happen. There must be payment. There must be accountability. There will be accountability. Because Tree Africa and Delisha Africa deserve sacred rest.
We’re talking about people. Children who were closely held and loved.
Confronting UPenn on the bones of MOVE children that they stole, “studied” & mishandled
Over 300 outraged students, activists and community members protested at UPenn for their just-revealed desecration of the 1985 remains of murdered MOVE children. Beginning with a rally across the street from the Penn Museum, participants marched in the streets to the on-campus home of UPenn President Amy Gutmann where Mike Africa described his experiences growing up with MOVE children Delisha and Tree. Thank you, Joe Piette.
Watch Facebook video of same April 28th demo/march (thank you, Joe Piette):
See photos from same April 28th demo/march (thank you, Joe Piette):
1970’s- the City of Philadelphia begins to routinely beat, jail, and assassinate MOVE members, including Life Africa, the child of Janine Africa.
August 8, 1978– The City of Philadelphia fires 10,000 rounds of ammunition on unarmed MOVE members in an attempt to assassinate them. Miraculously all the MOVE members survived this vicious assassination attempt. Nine survivors were imprisoned for @ 40 years (Merle Africa (1998) and Phil Africa (2015) died suddenly and suspiciously in prison). A participating police officer dies in friendly fire.
May 13, 1985– MOVE Bombing; Coordinated City-State-Federal attempt to assassinate MOVE members by Philadelphia police (forced fire department hoses off; kept MOVE members inside house by fuselage of bullets; covered up original forensic reports identifying the 11 MOVE victims, including Tree Africa); Pennsylvania State (provided helicopter to drop bomb and logistics); and the federal government provided 2 military-grade bombs and logistics; six MOVE adults, and five of their children were assassinated; one adult, Ramona Africa and one child, Birdie Africa survived; and destroyed 65 homes were burnt down in the residential neighborhood.
1985 World-famous anthropologist, Dr. Ali Hameli, was hired by the MOVE Commission and officially identified the remains as those of 14-year-old Tree “Katricia Dotson” Africa and 4 other children and 5 adults, including John Africa. Dr. Hameli was a Consultant Forensic Pathologist famous for identifying the remains of Josef Mengele (fugitive top Nazi doctor/butcher at Auschwitz extermination camp).
1985-1986– The City of Philadelphia Medical Examiner Office gave remains of Tree Africa to Penn anthropologist, Dr. Alan Mann who conveniently declares the remains of Tree Africa were not her, but instead those of an unknown older woman, after only a day and a half work. When Dr. Mann retired he gave the remains of Tree Africa to his assistant Dr. Janet Monge. Neither professor nor their university’s, contact Tree’s mother, Consuewella Africa or MOVE.
Weds., April 21, 2021– The Philadelphia Inquirer publishes a bombshell editorial by Abdul-Aliy Muhammad exposing Drs. Alan Mann and Janet Monge’s body-snatching of the remains of Tree “Katricia Dotson” Africa since 1985-6! This is the first time mother Consuewella Africa and the MOVE family learn of the barbaric, heart-ripping disrespect of their loved one’s remains.
Friday, April 30, 2021, “Former Penn anthropologist gives remains of MOVE bombing victim, Tree Africa, to Terry Funeral Home in West Philadelphia.” By Vinny Vella and Ellie Rushing, The Philadelphia Inquirer (original).
Friday, April 30, 2021, VIDEO: “Penn Faces Backlash for Handling of MOVE Remains.” Video and editing by Lauren Schneiderman, The Philadelphia Inquirer (original).
Weds., April 28, 2021, “World-renowned MOVE Commission Forensic Pathologist Dr. Ali Hameli Identifies Remains of Tree Africa in 1985. Hack Philadelphia Medical Examiner Consultant Dr. Alan Mann steals Tree Africa’s remains anyways.” Speech by Abdul-Aliy Muhammad at today’s rally and march at the Penn Museum. Read more/see video (stay on-site). Very important!
Weds., April 28, 2021, “Penn Museum pledges to return remains of MOVE member to the Africa family, demonstrators visit residence of Penn President Amy Gutmann.” By Vinny Vella, The Philadelphia Inquirer (original).
Weds., April 28, 2021, “Photos of Penn Museum protest over non-return of MOVE family remains.” By Tom Gralish and Steven Falk, The Philadelphia Inquirer (original).
Tuesday, April 27, 2021, “Ivy League Secret Exposed: Classes Used Bones of Black Children Killed in 1985 MOVE Police Bombing.” By Amy Goodman, with Juan González interviewing Ramona Africa, Mike Africa Jr. & Penn Museum curator Janet Monge, Reprinted from Democracy Now (ext. site). Read more/see video (stay on-site). Contains info for Drs. Janet Monge and Alan Mann.
Monday, April 26, 2021, “Penn Museum apologizes for keeping remains of MOVE victim rather than returning them to family.” By Vinny Vella and Mensah M. Dean, Reprinted from The Philadelphia Inquirer (original). Read more [stay on-site]. Warning: this article contains many lies, in particular, it omits that the remains of Tree Africa were officially identified in 1985, nonetheless, the City of Philadelphia gave them to Dr. Mann anyways.
Sunday, April 25, 2021, “Decades After Police Bombing, Philadelphians “Sickened” by Handling of Victim’s Bones.” By Michael Levenson, Reprinted from The New York Times. Read more (stay on-site).
Friday, April 23, 2021, “A Mystery and a Scandal for Anthropology.” By Colleen Flaherty. Reprinted from Inside Higher Ed (original).
Friday, April 23, 2021, “Bones of Black children killed in police bombing used in Ivy League anthropology course.” By Ed Pilkington, Reprinted from The Guardian-U.S. edition (original). Most accurate coverage so far.
Weds., April 21, 2021, “Penn Museum owes reparations for previously holding remains of a MOVE bombing victim | Opinion,” Reprinted from The Philadelphia Inquirer (original). By Abdul-Aliy Muhammad. Read more (stay on-site).
Sign a petition authored by Mike Africa Jr. demanding Princeton University, The University of Pennsylvania, The Penn Museum, and Coursera that MOVE Children Deserve to Rest in Peace! Return our family’s remains NOW!
Learn more about the MOVE organization and family.
MOVE members will speak.
WURD can be heard on 900AM, 96.1FM, or https://wurdradio.com. The day will be structured within a historical and chronological context, placing guests in the order in which they appear in the MOVE narrative. Read more.
10am – 11pm:
In the beginning, there was John Africa.
11am – 12pm:
1pm – 2pm:
3pm – 4pm:
5pm – 7pm:
Interviews with a wide array of stakeholders who were directly involved. Archival audio, live interviews and video.
The day of programming is sponsored by Resolve Reporting Collaborative. Read more.
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Friday, July 19, 2019,
The People’s Forum,
320 W. 37th St., NYC.
Take A,C,E to Port Authority and walk north to 37th St. and west 1.5 blocks to #320, see map. Light Supper. Sponsored by the Free Mumia Coalition & Campaign to Bring Mumia Home. Call 212-330-8029 for more info.