RELEASE RUCHELL CINQUE MAGEE, Sole Survivor of the August 7, 1970 Courthouse Slave Rebellion!
by Ruchell Cinque Magee with Kiilu Nyasha
Ruchell Cinque Magee
Shortly after August 7, 1970, photos of what’s become known as the “Courthouse Slave Rebellion,” hit the front pages of the nation’s dailies showing four Black men emerging from the Marin County Court with guns and hostages, including a judge, prosecutor and three jurors — provoking panic in some and pride in others.
In the historical context of aggressive, official violence against Black prisoners, Magee appeared in court that fateful morning to testify for fellow prisoner, James McClain, defending himself against the charge of assaulting a guard in the wake of the murder by racist San Quentin guards of Fred Billingsley, beaten and tear gassed to death in his cell earlier that year.
Magee was on the witness stand when Jonathan Jackson (17), younger sibling of…
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