Prisoners Speak About Geronimo Ji Jaga

Lynne Stewart

The untimely death of Geronimo Jijaga Pratt has hit me very hard because it reminds me of all the work yet to be done.  Not only the liberation of the oppressed to which Geronimo dedicated himself as a young man and again after his release but also the liberation of those locked away in the torture chambers of this Gulag USA…

Sundiata Acoli

geronimo ji Jaga was a true “Top Soldier,” highly skilled in warfare, tested and proven on the battlefields of Viet Nam, he returned stateside to put his expertise at the service of the Black Panther Party, the Black Liberation Army and other select organizations of the era. He saved many lives. He made many soldiers…

Leonard Peltier

Everyone it seems knows something about Geronimo Pratt. To all of us, to every human being on the planet, he was a beacon of principle that we should all aspire to emulate. To those directly involved in the struggle, he was one of those gifted, tough as nails warriors who not only had the vision to know what was right, but the strength and courage to stick to his convictions no matter the cost. When he had to be, he was a terror to his enemies.

Remembering Geronimo Ji Jaga

From “Remembering Geronimo Pratt” by Bakari Kitwana

Political activists around the country are still absorbing the news of Geronimo ji Jaga’s death. For those of us who came of age in the 80s and 90s, the struggles of the late 1960s and early 1970s were in many ways a gateway for our examination of the history of Black political resistance in the US. Geronimo ji Jaga (formerly Geronimo Pratt) and his personal struggle, as well as his contributions to the fight for social justice were impossible to ignore. His commitment, humility, clear thinking as well as his sense of both the longevity and continuity of the Black Freedom Movement in the US all stood out to those who knew him.

From The International Coalition to Free the Angola 3

On 2 June 2011 we lost a soldier… geronimo ji jaga. It’s no exaggeration to say that without geronimo’s initial efforts, the Angola 3 Coalition would have never existed. In 1997, Colonel Bolt, who had spent 20 years in CCR with Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox and Robert King, went to geronimo’s release party to talk to him about the Angola prisoners, and so the campaign to free the Angola 3 was born.

Geronimo Ji Jaga Pratt, 1947-2011

On June 2nd we lost Geronimo Ji Jaga Pratt, who left us a legacy of strength and inspiration in the struggle for liberation.  For more information about his life and his recent passing, see the links below.

“Geronimo Pratt, Former Black Panther, Dies in Africa” by Terry Shropshire

“Honoring A Panther” by Alexis Garrett Stodghill

Geronimo Pratt Wikipedia