‘Out of the mouths of babes’

This is from a column written by Mumia Abu-Jamal on June 21. It arrived after the June 24 ceremony for the MOVE marker took place. See tinyurl.com/y9unolrp.

They are children, learning about the world they are about to inherit.
And like all children, they are curious.
They heard about the MOVE Bombing in West Philadelphia, which
happened decades before they were born.

The more they learned, the more questions arose in their minds.
“The cops bombed a house? With women and children in it?”
In Philadelphia?
With children like us in it?
For real?

They studied, and learned.
Then, they resolved to act.
They contacted city officials.
They studied the rules governing historical monuments.
They raised the money to erect a monument.
They distributed petitions.

And soon, very soon, a monument will arise at the site of the Mother’s Day Massacre of MOVE on Osage Avenue on May 13, 1985. In fact, on June 24, 2017, that historical marker will be unveiled. MOVE survivor, Ramona Africa, is expected to speak at this horrific, historical site.

These children, students of the Jubilee School, did what no politician, nor
scholar, had ever thought to do!
They marked history.
They made history.
As only children could do.