Geronimo Ji Jaga Pratt, Black Panther, Godfather to 2Pac, dies

June 3, 2011

Geronimo Ji Jaga Pratt, former Black Panther, political prisoner and inspiration to many rappers, not the least was his godson, Tupac Shakur, has passed away at the age of 63.

Pratt was wrongly convicted of the kidnapping and murder of a schoolteacher in 1970. His his life sentence was vacated by the California Supreme Court in 1997, when it was established that the chief witness in the trial was also a paid FBI informant. Altogether he had lived 27 years in prison before he was freed.

After winning his freedom, he spoke on behalf of political prisoners, many of whom were ensnared in the COINTELPRO program of President Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover. After leaving prison, he moved and lived to Tanzania, where he died.

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posted: June 3rd, 2011, 7:23pm

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