R.I.P. Geronimo Pratt (September 13, 1947 - June 2, 2011)
Elmer G. “Geronimo” Pratt, the former Minister of Defense for the Black Panther Party, died in Tanzania, Africa. In 1972, the revered Black Panther leader was unjustly prosecuted and eventually served 27 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. 8 of those 27 years were spent in solitary confinement, conditions that tested his sinew. Pratt became a symbol of clear-cut cases of injustice when it was proven that he was a victim of J. Edgar Hoover’s CointelPro movement that targeted black leaders. Famed attorney Johnnie Cochran helped in the legal battle that lead to Pratt getting released from prison.
He was also the godfather of Tupac.