The Murder of George Jackson:
A 29-minute documentary about the origins of the
modern anti-prison movement
August 21st marks the anniversary of the 1971 murder of George Jackson in San Quentin prison. Through his writings and leadership inside, George Jackson embodies the legacy of the prison movement.
Who was George Jackson?
Why was he targeted by the prison administration?
What makes him important to the anti-prison movement today?
This documentary features
historical materials, including George Jackson, from the Freedom Archives.
Other voices include:
- Angela Davis, UC Santa Cruz professor, who supported George & Jonathan Jackson
- David Hilliard, former Black Panther Party leader
- Ruchell Magee, prison activist and leader, still in prison for his political activities
- Georgia Jackson, mother of George and Jonathan Jackson
- Harry Belafonte, performer and human rights activist
- James Baldwin, outspoken writer and social activist
- David Johnson, Hugo Pinell, Luis Talamantez and Sundiata Tate, all charged with the San Quentin rebellion following the murder of George Jackson
- Narrated by Jonathan Jackson, Jr.
Knowing what happened in the early 1970s prison movement is essential for youth, communities of color and progressives to effectively confront today's unprecedented prison growth. We bring you this history through the voices of the people who were there - taking young people back to a time that, in today's context, seems unimaginable.