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    TTDC DECEMBER ACTION ALERT: Morehouse College Police Beat Up Civil Rights Leader !!! DECEMBER 2005 ACTION ALERT Main Page of This Alert:
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 16, 2005
      TTDC DECEMBER ACTION ALERT: Morehouse College Police Beat Up Civil Rights Leader !!!

      Main Page of This Alert: >http://www.assatashakur.org/1205.htm

      TITLE:Morehouse PoliceBeat Up Civil Rights Leader!

      TIME FRAME: 1 Month

      Contact Morehouse College and MorehousePolice Department and demand that an act of police brutality perpetrated against civil rights icon Mukasa Dada (Willie Ricks) are corrected and that he is compensated for his injuries.

      Protest Police Brutality!

      Rectify anact of police brutality against Mukasa Dada, formerly named Willie Ricks, creator of the term "Black Power" and pioneeringcivil rights activist.

      Morehouse police beat up Civil Rights Leader and Elder, Mukasa Dada former known asWillie Ricks of Student Nonviolent CoordinatingCommittee (SNCC), on Thursday, November 10, 2005 at MorehouseCollege. As a Field Secretary for SNCC and overall freedom fighter for Black people in general, we feel thisattack by Morehouse Police is dishonorable, appallingly contradictory, and a slap in the face to all Black Leadership past, present, and future. Mukasa Dada’s history in the civil rightsmovement, Black power movement, and all Black progressive movements is impeccable. Not only did Mukasa Dada popularize thechant of “Black Power” but he also is highly spoken of by other civil rights leaders.

      Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4, Photo 5

      Who Is Mukasa Dada?
      1. Civil Rights Leader, Elder, Father, Organizer, Orator
      2. Field Secretary of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
      3. “The fiery orator of SNCC” - Dr. Martin LutherKing, Jr. in his 1967 book, Where Do We Go From Here
      4. “Willie Ricks must rank as one of those unknown heroes whocaptured the mood of history. In calling for Black Power, he caught the essence of the spirit, moving Black people in theUnited States and around the world who were poor, Black, and without power” - James Forman of SNCC
      5. Popularized of thechant, “Black Power”
      6. For more information about Mukasa Dada:
      7. Exclusive Video Interview w/ Mukasa Dada

      1. Call Morehouse College Ethics Line: 1-404-614-8562
        Call Morehouse President, Dr. Massey:1-404-215-2645
        Call Morehouse Police: 1-404-215-2666
        CallMorehouse Public Relations: 1-404-614-3788

      2. Fax Letters to Morehouse #1: 1-404-659-6536
        Fax Letters toMorehouse#2: 1-404-215-2729

      3. Mail Letters To
        Dr. Walter E. Massey
        Morehouse College
        830 Westview Drive, S.W.
        Atlanta, GA 30314


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      • Fire involved officers (officer C. Cox and others)
      • Public written apology
      • All charges dropped
      • Restitution for Mukasa Dada and his family for medical servicesand humiliation
      • Police Department notified that acts ofbrutality must be punished.
      • Public awareness of police brutality will be heightened.
      • Public will know that policeoften use false arrest to hide their own criminal intent.
      • Mukasa Dada will receive financialrestitution.

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      When did it becomeokay for Police at Black Colleges to Brutalize Black People?


      I received this email from Bro. Kojo. HIs son is a U.S. state department diplomat on the African continent. He is also agraduate of Morehouse. It is refreshing when people of his stature have the nerve to speak out against unnecessary behaviorthat prevents our people from taking our rightful place in the world order of things. There is hope for those who got theirpositions from the efforts of people like Mukasa. For some of them look back to try to bring others forward. We must continueto seek them out and get organized. Stay turned. We are organizing to demonstrate at Morehouse in January around MartinKing's birthday. Be ye always ready!

      Pastor M. Ajabu


      ---------- Forwarded Message ----------

      -Original Message-----
      From: "agai" <*********>
      Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2005 18:06:31
      To: ,

      Subject: RE: MUKASA

      Mrs. Durham,
      I am embarrassed and ashamed that Morehouse would respond to Mr. Ricks
      in any manner unbefitting the respect we would accord Dr. King or Howard
      Thurman were they alive today. Please register my sharp discontent with
      the Office of the President and Alumni Affairs. Brother Mukasa should
      hold a special place in the hearts of our people for his tireless
      efforts in America’s ongoing struggle for human rights. Mr. Ricks
      (affectionately known as Brother Mukasa) would spend countless hours
      with students providing first hand accounts of civil rights events. He
      is walking history and should be honored and embraced with open arms by
      faculty, staff and students alike.
      What is our institution becoming when she places under arrest a hero who
      paved the way for sons of Morehouse to enjoy greater inclusion and
      respect in America?
      I am very disappointed and I demand that the school issue a formal
      apology to Mr. Ricks and cease any attempts to restrict his access to
      our beloved institution.


      Agai Jones ‘96'

      From: employees-l-bounces@...
      [mailto:employees-l-bounces@...] On Behalf Of Elise Durham
      Sent: Friday, December 09, 2005 4:00 PM
      To: employees-l@...
      Cc: Abertran@...; Krome@...
      Subject: [MC-Employees] Campus News Alert


      By now, you may have heard about an incident involving the Morehouse
      Police Department and Mr. Willie "Mukasa" Ricks, who identifies himself
      as a Civil Rights activist.

      On November 10, Mr. Ricks was arrested by the Morehouse Police
      Department for violating a criminal trespassing warning.

      Over the past two months, police had verbally warned Ricks several
      times to stay off campus which, as you know, is private property.

      This time, however, when Mr. Ricks was approached by police and asked to
      vacate the premises, he refused, which led to his arrest.

      Since the arrest, Mr. Ricks has organized a grass-roots campaign against
      the College, claiming he was treated unnecessarily harsh during the

      According to our police department that was not the case.

      If for some reason, your office receives a call about the incident,
      please do not get into a conversation about the matter. Forward the
      call to the President’s office at 2645 or to the Office of
      Communications at 2680. We have an institutional statement that can be
      released explaining the College’s position.

      Thank you in advance for your cooperation and have a safe and happy
      holiday season.

      Elise Durham
      Media Relations Manager
      Morehouse College
      830 Westview Dr, S.W.
      Atlanta, Georgia 30314

      404-507-8648 (office)
      404-215-2729 (fax)
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