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H. Rap Brown, left national chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, made a surprise visit to the predominantly black Association of Radio Announcer which is holding a 4-day convention in Atlanta, Georgia, Aug. 10, 1967. Sitting beside him is jazz singer Nina Simone. (AP Photo/BJ)

Silencing the words of an outspoken and historical American icon

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Though our interview with Imam Jamil Al-Amin (aka H. Rap Brown) was approved by him himself, the federal authorities later denied the interview because of the state of Georgia’s request to not have any contact with the public by denying him his first amendment right to speak.

The state of Georgia is believed to have a gag order on Imam Jamil to prevent him from speaking to any media outlets not only about his 2002 murder conviction, but also his life as a very influential civil rights activist.

Imam Jamil’s national spokesperson, Imam Khalil, is working with a number of scholars from around the country to initiate a letter-writing campaign to state and federal level authorities to encourage them to allow Imam Jamil to speak publicly… to share who he is, to share what he dedicated his life to and to educate us all on his perspective on the changes that America has gone through these past several decades since his involvement in the civil rights era.

Being that we’ve been working with Imam Jamil’s national spokesperson these past several months on developing a full-length biopic documentary. We’ve been asked to come onboard to assist with this letter writing campaign.

Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, also greatly known as H. Rap Brown, is one of our last remaining civil rights icons that continues to live with us today. Regardless of how you look at this man from his leadership of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), his conversion to Islam and involvement in Atlanta’s West End community or his murder conviction of 2002 that was the cause of his life sentence that he is currently serving in an Arizona federal prison. Imam Jamil has a very significant life story to share as an icon in American history and needs to be heard.

These scholars are seeking help from people from all walks of life, and if you are interested in signing the campaign, you are welcome to learn more about the letter writing campaign and sign at: http://www.kundnani.org/jamilalamin/

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