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H. Rap Brown

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Summary:

Al-Amin was the leader of one of the nation's largest Black Muslim groups, the National Ummah, when in March 2000, he fired on two police officers attempting to serve him a warrant on a minor theft charge. One of the officers died after Al-Amin shot an additional three shots into the wounded officer who was lying defenseless on the street.

Personal Information:

  • Born - October 4, 1943
  • Birthplace - Baton Rouge, LA
  • Gender - Male
  • Religion - Muslem
  • Ethnicity - Black
  • Occupation - Education - Military:


    Political Activist

    H. Rap Brown's Louisiana Years:

    H. Rap Brown was born on October 4, 1943 in Baton Rouge, LA. During the years of 1960 through 1964 he was a student at Southern University. While at the university he joined the civil rights group known as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). In 1967 he became the national director of SNCC, after a year as the Alabama project director.

    Black Panther Years:

    Within a year Brown became known for his extremist beliefs after his book, Die Nigger Die! (1969) was published. He joined the Black Panther Party and was arrested for arson and inciting a riot. In 1970 he was shot, captured, and charged with armed robbery in New York City and sentenced to five to fifteen years in Attica Prison. During this time he converted to Islam and changed his name to Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin.

    A Leader of the National Ummah:

    He was released from prison in 1976 and became a leader of one of the largest Black Muslim groups in the U.S., called the National Ummah. He was also the owner of a grocery store in Atlanta's West End, a poverty-stricken area that the National Ummah worked to revitalize.

    The Shooting:

    In March 2000, two police officers went to Al-Amin's grocery store to serve an arrest warrant on a minor theft charge. Al-Aman shot both officers, wounding both, and then shot one of the officers, Ricky Kinchen, three more times as the officer lay wounded in the street. Kinchen died from the gun shot wounds.

    Life Without Parole:

    Al-Aman's trial was delayed because of the Sept. 11 attacks and the fear that the increased anti-Muslem sentiment would influence the jury. On March 13, 2002, Al-Amin was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life without parole plus an additional 35 years on other charges in the 13-count indictment.

    Source:
    Al-Amin: A life layered with irony by Jim Auchmutey, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 18, 2001
    Al-Amin Calls Slaying Case A 'Government Conspiracy' By Peter Slevin, Washington Post, March 22, 2000
    Life For '60s Radical H. Rap Brown - CBS News

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