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"Marilyn Buck Presente!"

Recorded 8-11-10

1) 1:55 Marilyn Buck Presente Mp3

 Marilyn Buck: Presente!

[col. writ. 8/14/10] (c) '10 Mumia Abu-Jamal

For nearly 30 long, tortuous years, Marilyn Buck was a political prisoner of the state, a captive in the federal prison system for her role in the liberation of former Black Panther, Assata Shakur.

She wrote gripping lines of radical poetry, often about the lives and plights of her fellow imprisoned women, as well as of prisoners who were active in the Black Freedom and Nationalist movements.

For example, back in 2000 she wrote "Black August", an excerpt of which follows:


Would you hang on a cliff's edge

Sword-sharp, slashing fingers

While jackboot screws stomp heels

on flesh peeled bones

and laugh

"Let go! die, damn you,die!"

could you hold on 20 years, 30 years?


20 years, 30 years and more

brave Black brothers buried

in US concentration camps

they hang on

Black light shining in torture


Ruchell, Yogi, Sundiata, Sekou

Warren, Chip, Seth, Herman, Jalil

and more and more they resist:

Black August....


Marilyn wrote that poem in 2000.

She was released in July 2010, and recently passed away from the ravages of cancer.

Marilyn Buck was imprisoned so long because of her support of the Black Liberation Movement, which made her a traitor, of sorts, to the White Nation.  Like John Brown, she fought to free the unfree.

Her spirit of resistance never left her.

Marilyn was 62.

--(c) '10 maj


‘Black August’ by Marilyn Buck

Would you hang on a cliff’s edge
sword-sharp, slashing fingers
while jackboot screws stomp heels
on peeled-flesh bones
and laugh
“let go! die, damn you, die!”
could you hang on 20 years, 30 years?
20 years, 30 years and more
brave Black brothers buried
in US koncentration kamps
they hang on
Black light shining in torture chambers
Ruchell, Yogi, Sundiata, Sekou,
Warren, Chip, Seth, Herman, Jalil,
and more and more they resist: Black August
Nat Turner insurrection chief executed: Black August
Jonathan, George dead in battle’s light: Black August
Fred Hampton, Black Panthers, African Brotherhood murdered: Black August
Kuwasi Balagoon, Nuh Abdul Quyyam captured warriors dead: Black August
Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Ella Baker, Ida B. Wells
Queen Mother Moore – their last breaths drawn fighting death: Black August
Black August: watchword
for Black liberation for human liberation
sword to sever the shackles
light to lead children of every nation to safety
Black August remembrance
resist the amerikkan nightmare for life

Marilyn Buck wrote this poem for Black August 2000. She was released July 15, 2010, after 25 years as an anti-imperialist political prisoner. Then suddenly, only 19 days later, she was gone. Her comrade and fellow former political prisoner Linda Evans broke the sad news: “Our dear comrade Marilyn Buck made her transition yesterday (Aug. 3, 2010) at 1 p.m. EST peacefully and surrounded by friends.” Sister Marpessa Kupendua wrote: “Former political prisoner Marilyn Buck made her transition. Peace and blessings be upon her revolutionary soul! Let her passing motivate us to be on point for all those denied medical care within the walls. Serious illnesses ARE death sentences! Much respect to her struggle on our collective behalf and all those who loved her so strong in her final days!”

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