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She helped run The Temple of The Black Messiah, a spiritual home for a growing Black Nationalist community in Philadelphia.

 

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Lydia Barashango ¡Presente!

[ensayo de Mumia Abu-Jamal]

Nació el 25 de agosto  de 1947, hija de sureños  pero una Filadelfiana de corazón.

El nacer en una familia de varones le hizo más fuerte, como se demostró en sus años juveniles cuando yo la vi descontar a su novio y tirarlo por la barandilla. Me pareció que él estaba más asustado que lastimado, pero es posible que haya escondido su dolor para proteger su ego masculino.

En aquel entonces le decíamos “Penny” por el color cobrizo oscuro de su piel y su sonrisa radiante y deslumbrante. Era bailarina de danza moderna y por supuesto bailaba los pasos que surgieron en la época del R&B de las Supremes, los Temptations y Smokey Robinson y los Miracles.

Era una buena estudiante y de joven ganó su certificación de enfermera titulada.  También era la madre de dos hijos, Vernon y Jabari.

En 1996, conoció y se casó con el renombrado académico de la filosofía del nacionalismo negro, el reverendo Ishakamusa Barashango, quien le abrió las puertas a un nuevo mundo de conocimiento y a una plétora de ideas.

Ella le ayudó a administrar El Templo del Mesías Negro, un hogar espiritual para una creciente comunidad inspirada en el nacionalismo negro en Filadelfia.

Lydia trabajaba como consejera de la juventud y se encargó de un programa de ritos de pasaje para las jóvenes negras revoltosas.

Amaba a su pueblo, a sus hijos y nietos y a sus hermanos.

Lydia Barashango sucumbió al cáncer de mama unos días después de cumplir 64 años.

Será recordada con mucho amor, no sólo por este hermano, sino por muchos otros hermanos y hermanas.

Desde el corredor de la muerte, soy Mumia Abu-Jamal.

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by kalo | oct 11

–(c) ’11maj

9 de octubre de  2011

Audio grabado por Noelle Hanrahan: www.prisonradio.org

Texto circulado por Fatirah Litestar01@aol.com

Traducción Amig@s de Mumia, México

 


 

 

Lydia Barashango: Presente!
 
[col. writ. 10/9/11] ©'11 Mumia Abu-Jamal
 
 
She was born Aug. 25, 1947, a daughter of a Southerner, but a Philadelphian to her bones.
 
Born into a family of all brothers toughened her, as demonstrated in her teen years, when I saw her knock a boyfriend over a metal railing. He seemed more shocked than hurt (but it's possible he hid his pain to protect his male ego).
 
Back then, she was called 'Penny' for her dark, coppery skin, and her bright, dazzling smile.
 
She was a dancer of modern dance, and of course boogied under the influence of The Rhythm n' Blues era which featured acts like The Supremes, The Temptations and Smokey Robinson and The Miracles.
 
She was a good student, and while a young woman she earned her rating to become a registered nurse. She became the mother of Vernon and Jabari.
 
In 1996 she met and married noted Black nationalist scholar, author and Reverend, Ishakamusa Barashango, who introduced her to a world of new knowledge on a wealth of subjects. She helped him run The Temple of The Black Messiah, a spiritual home for a growing Black Nationalist community in Philadelphia. She worked as a youth counselor and ran a Rites of Passage program for young, troubled Black girls.
 
She loved her People, her children and grandchildren, and her brothers.
 
Lydia Umyeml Barashango succumbed to breast cancer just days after her 64th birthday.
 
She will be lovingly remembered forever, not only by this brother, but by many other brothers-and sisters

 

Lydia Barashango, 64, nurse, sister of Mumia Abu-Jamal

September 30, 2011

 

Lydia Barashango, 64, a nurse and social worker who was the sister of Mumia Abu-Jamal, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, in Maryland of breast cancer. Friends said she had been living in Baltimore.

Mrs. Barashango was a strong defender of her brother, the Philadelphia radio reporter and Black Panther who was convicted and sentenced to death by a jury in 1982 for the murder of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner.

Abu-Jamal, 57, has become the object of a decades-long debate over the use of the death penalty for his role in the Dec. 9, 1981, shooting of Faulkner. In addition to the death-penalty issue, supporters and opponents disagree on whether Abu-Jamal is guilty, and on whether he received a fair trial.

 

Mrs. Barashango was interviewed in 2000 for an A&E documentary about the case. She said that the day after the shooting, she didn't recognize her brother at the hospital because he had been "brutalized" by police. When she asked him if he was all right, he told her, "I'm innocent. I'm innocent."

In 1999, Mrs. Barashango participated in a march around City Hall with 10,000 of her brother's supporters, many waving "Free Mumia" signs.

Demanding a new trial, she told the crowd, "This rally takes our struggle to a whole new level. We aren't playing anymore."

Mrs. Barashango's husband, Ishakamusa, a minister and African American scholar, died in 2004.

Arrangements for services are pending.

 

 

http://articles.philly.com/2011-09-30/news/30229293_1_mumia-abu-jamal-free-mumia-philadelphia-radio-reporter

 

 

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