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George Jackson was an African-American revolutionary, left-wing activist and Marxist

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BirthdaySeptember 23, 1941
Died onAugust 21, 1971
NationalityAmerican
FamousAfrican-american Left-wing Activist, Marxist, Marxists, Miscellaneous
IdeologiesMarxists
SiblingsJonathan Jackson
Known asGeorge Lester Jackson
Birth PlaceChicago, Illinois, United States
Political IdeologyMarxist and Maoist
GenderMale
FatherGeorgia Bea Jackson
MotherLester Jackson
Sun SignVirgo
Born inChicago, Illinois, United States
Famous asAfrican-American Left-Wing Activist & Marxist
Died at Age29

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Who is George Jackson?

George Jackson was an African-American, who co-founded the 'The Black Guerrilla Family', a Marxist revolutionary organisation. His life story is a constant reminder of how the human spirit takes its stand even while being physically locked down. A revolutionist in the making, Jackson made efforts to eradicate racism and provide safety and dignity to prison inmates. He was imprisoned after he was found guilty of robbing at a gas station at gun point. He spent much of his time in prison reading voraciously and studying political economy and radical theory. He would also spend time writing his thoughts. He also wrote to many of his friends and supporters from prison.These writings were later made into the well-known books, 'Soledad Brother' and 'Blood in My Eye'. He widely condemned racism and was critical of the prison system, which took the lives of his close friends. The letters that he wrote from prison were a reflection of the rebellious sprit and the rage at the system that were filled in the minds of African-American men at that point in time. At the young age of 29, he was shot dead in prison, in what is believed to have been an escape attempt.

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Childhood & Early Life

George Lester Jackson was born in Chicago, Illinois, United States to Lester and Georgia Bea Jackson. He had four siblings.

Since there were several juvenile convictions against him, including assault, burglary and armed robbery, he had to go to the California Youth Authority Corrections facility in Paso Robles for a while.

In 1961, he was sentenced to prison for a year for armed robbery. At the age of eighteen, he had robbed gas from a gas station, putting employees at the station at gun point.

At the San Quentin State Prison, he became a part of a revolutionary group and simultaneously assaulted many prison guards and inmates. This was the reason his imprisonment was extended.

Later Life

In 1966, while still in prison, he became acquainted with W.L. Nolen, who played a crucial role in introducing him to the Marxist and Maoist ideology. The duo soon formed a close friendship.

In 1966, along with W.L. Nolen, he co-founded the African-American Marxist revolutionary organization, ‘The Black Guerrilla Family'. At that time they were still in prison.

After he became involved in ‘The Black Guerrilla Family', he became more disciplined as a person and spent much of his time studying political economy and radical theory.

Spending more and more time in solitary confinement he began to read voraciously. He also wrote many letters to his friends and supporters. These were later published as books, 'Soledad Brother' and 'Blood in My Eye'.

It is believed that after he met Huey Percy Newton in jail, he became a part of the 'Black Panther Party. Newton was the co-founder of the 'Black Panther Party', a black revolutionary socialist organization.

In 1969, along with W.L. Nolen, he was shifted from San Quentin to Soledad prison in Monterey County, California. The following year, W.L. Nolen was shot dead by a prison guard along with two other inmates, after they got into a riot with members of the Aryan Brotherhood, a white supremacist organisation.

After the death of his dear friend, W.L. Nolen, he became very revengeful and stressed on the need for safety precautions for other prisoners. He also became very confrontational.

On January, 16, 1970, along with Fleeta Drumgo and John Clutchette, he was charged for the murder of a prison guard named, John V. Mills. Mills was beaten and thrown from the third floor.

On August 7, 1970, Jonathan Jackson, his 17 year old brother walked into the Marin County courtroom. He freed the prisoners and took hostages, a judge, Deputy District Attorney and three jurors, demanding the release of the 'Soledad Brothers', Jackson, Fleeta Drumgoole and John Clutchette.

On August 21, 1971, he was gunned down to death by prison guards in San Quentin Prison, three days before the commencement of his murder trial. Prison officials, described it as an escape attempt.

Personal Life & Legacy

He was shot to death at the San Quentin Prison at the age of 29, in what was believed to be an escape attempt. On August 28, 1971, his funeral was organised at the St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Oakland, California.

In November 1971, singer Bob Dylan dedicated the song, ‘George Jackson’ in his honour. The song was about his life and death.

In 1972, Archie Shepp, a saxophone player dedicated most parts of his album, ' Attica Blues' in his honour.

In 2003, American rapper, Ja Rule named his album, ' Blood In My Eye', which was after Jackson's book of the same title.

In 1998, Stanley Williams dedicated his book, 'Life in Prison' to him.

The 2007 film, ‘Black August’, directed by Samm Styles was based on his life. The film covered the last fourteen months of his life.

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George Jackson biography timelines

  • // 23rd Sep 1941
    George Lester Jackson was born in Chicago, Illinois, United States to Lester and Georgia Bea Jackson. He had four siblings.
  • // 1961
    In 1961, he was sentenced to prison for a year for armed robbery. At the age of eighteen, he had robbed gas from a gas station, putting employees at the station at gun point.
  • // 1966
    In 1966, while still in prison, he became acquainted with W.L. Nolen, who played a crucial role in introducing him to the Marxist and Maoist ideology. The duo soon formed a close friendship.
  • // 1966
    In 1966, along with W.L. Nolen, he co-founded the African-American Marxist revolutionary organization, ‘The Black Guerrilla Family'. At that time they were still in prison.
  • // 1969
    In 1969, along with W.L. Nolen, he was shifted from San Quentin to Soledad prison in Monterey County, California. The following year, W.L. Nolen was shot dead by a prison guard along with two other inmates, after they got into a riot with members of the Aryan Brotherhood, a white supremacist organisation.
  • // 16th Jan 1970
    On January, 16, 1970, along with Fleeta Drumgo and John Clutchette, he was charged for the murder of a prison guard named, John V. Mills. Mills was beaten and thrown from the third floor.
  • // 7th Aug 1970
    On August 7, 1970, Jonathan Jackson, his 17 year old brother walked into the Marin County courtroom. He freed the prisoners and took hostages, a judge, Deputy District Attorney and three jurors, demanding the release of the 'Soledad Brothers', Jackson, Fleeta Drumgoole and John Clutchette.
  • // 1971
    In November 1971, singer Bob Dylan dedicated the song, ‘George Jackson’ in his honour. The song was about his life and death.
  • // 21st Aug 1971
    On August 21, 1971, he was gunned down to death by prison guards in San Quentin Prison, three days before the commencement of his murder trial. Prison officials, described it as an escape attempt.
  • // 1972
    In 1972, Archie Shepp, a saxophone player dedicated most parts of his album, ' Attica Blues' in his honour.
  • // 1998
    In 1998, Stanley Williams dedicated his book, 'Life in Prison' to him.
  • // 2003
    In 2003, American rapper, Ja Rule named his album, ' Blood In My Eye', which was after Jackson's book of the same title.
  • // 2007
    The 2007 film, ‘Black August’, directed by Samm Styles was based on his life. The film covered the last fourteen months of his life.

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George Jackson's FAQ

  • What is George Jackson birthday?

    George Jackson was born at 1941-09-23

  • When was George Jackson died?

    George Jackson was died at 1971-08-21

  • Where was George Jackson died?

    George Jackson was died in San Quentin, California, United States

  • Which age was George Jackson died?

    George Jackson was died at age 29

  • Where is George Jackson's birth place?

    George Jackson was born in Chicago, Illinois, United States

  • What is George Jackson nationalities?

    George Jackson's nationalities is American

  • What is George Jackson ideologies?

    George Jackson's ideologies is Marxists

  • Who is George Jackson siblings?

    George Jackson's siblings is Jonathan Jackson

  • What is George Jackson's political ideology?

    George Jackson's political ideology is Marxist and Maoist

  • Who is George Jackson's father?

    George Jackson's father is Georgia Bea Jackson

  • Who is George Jackson's mother?

    George Jackson's mother is Lester Jackson

  • What is George Jackson's sun sign?

    George Jackson is Virgo

  • How famous is George Jackson?

    George Jackson is famouse as African-American Left-Wing Activist & Marxist