Behind Bars

A Birthday Message

By Mumia Abu-Jamal

It may surprise you that for years I did not celebrate a birthday. Now, that’s partly because of the everydayness, sameness of prison. It’s also because I really didn’t remember the day. And I was often surprised by a card from my mother, or from my children, or my wife. They surprised me that they remembered. Of course, that was years ago. But the freedom movement has grown. So has the significance of that movement; for the movement has kept me alive and engaged in struggle. For that, I thank you all. That’s because movements can make social change.

Some years ago, many years ago, the anthropologist Margaret Meade said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Here’s the magic, it’s that we were there. I thank you for all you have done and all you intend to do. I love you all. On the Move! Build the movement! From Death Row, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal., April 24, 2010