Review: Marshall Law- The Life & TImes of a Baltimore Black Panther

Review: Marshall Law- The Life & TImes of a Baltimore Black Panther

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Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther
By: Marshall "Eddie" Conway and Dominque Stevenson
Published April 26th, 2011, AK Press
1849350221

I first met Eddie in the summer of 2009. As I drove up to Jessup Correctional Facility, I had no idea what to expect.

The drive out was long, hot, and uneventful. Baltimore city turned into highway, turned into suburbs, turned into strip malls and all of a sudden we were in Jessup. And then we were driving by an empty guard booth  - and then we were giving a security guard our ID's, emptying our pockets, and sitting in a waiting room, waiting for our names to be called. When I finally met Eddie I was woozy and hot from waiting. I was nervous and worried that I didn't know enough history. He was calm and thoughtful and funny. He knew so much I was amazed. How can someone survive over 40 years of false imprisonment?
After walking out of the prison, a prison Eddie might never walk out of, I felt a different kind of freedom and a new respect for what people can live through.

This is the story of Eddie Conway, a Baltimore Black Panther set up by the CIA and Cointelpro. He was imprisoned in '70, at the age of twenty-four. He is now sixty-five and still in prison. Marshall Law is the firsthand account of one man's struggle for his life and his community. Marshall Conway struggles under the harshest conditions, facing opposition from the state and attacks on his community and his life. Marshall Conway tells an inspiring story of perseverance against institutional and societal racism and violence, while holding close a vision of liberation and freedom.

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