College of Humanities & Social Sciences
African American Studies, Recent History, Social History, Philadelphia
African Americans--History; Extremists--United States; Police--Philadelphia
United States History
This thesis examines the extremist group, MOVE and its founder Vincent Leaphart (a.k.a John Africa) in the context of Revolutionary Black humanism, rather than simply a footnote in the tragic events of May 13, 1985. it explores MOVE's predecessors in the Black Panther movement, including The Black Panther Party and how these organizations and individuals might have influenced MOVE and their aims. In addition, ample examination is given to the role that systemic police brutality and racism, specifically within the Philadelphia Police department and city government played in the decisions that MOVE made as they attempted to create a community in the ultimately unwelcoming urban settings of two Philadelphia neighborhoods; but also in the methods employed by the police and city officials as they effected the removal and attempted extermination of the group.
Cranston, Joseph E., "Reimagining MOVE: Revolutionary Black humanism and the 1985 bombing" (2021). Theses and Dissertations. 2873.