The reunion and conference was all that it promised and
more. The committee and staff of the It's About Time
organization have my undying gratitude and love for putting
on such an affair.
It brought together not only old friends in the struggle of
so many years ago, but it also brought together family
members who had not been together in a long time. It
brought together brothers and sisters who were political
prisoners who are now free and who never had a chance to
experience fellowship with their comrades before.
It brought together children of Black Panther Party members
who are now grown up but never had a chance for fellowship
with each other.
There were many workshops chaired by old Party members that
dealt with many issues that were not explained or resolved
with the break-up of the Party. There were workshops that
answered questions related to the Black Panther Party's
relationship with other groups; White Americans, Brown
people and Asian people.
There was an opportunity to explain or clarify for some
community people Party policy and practice. We also
answered many questions about our community survival
programs and the repression and attacks we suffered because
There were workshops that dealt with issues that needed to
be resolved relating to women's issues in the Black Panther
Above all, it was a healing process for many former members
of the BPP. Many came from all areas and regions of the
United States. For me and many others, it was very
satisfying to be recognized for the work that we did so many
years ago to make the world and our communities a better
place to live.
All Power to the People!
Another high point for me was the opportunity to
see brother Eddie Conway who is a political prisoner being
held in Jessup Maryland Penitentiary. Eddie has been held
prisoner for 30 years. He was in good spirits, but tired of
being locked up and the whole inhumane system that goes with
it. We who are not in captivity should do all that we can
to set this veteran free. We must not let him live and
breathe that blackness any longer. Write him a letter, pay
him a visit, do something on his behalf as he did for us all
those years ago.
Marshall Eddie Conway #116469
Jessup, MD 20794