MOVE House. Philadelphia. May 13, 1985 (Physics; Ramona & Birdie Africa; John Africa; Last Call at the Briar Rose)

by Richard Fox

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MOVE is a Philadelphia-based black liberation group founded by John Africa (born Vincent Leaphart) in 1972. Its members frequently engage in public demonstrations against racism, police brutality, and other issues.

In a 1985, a police standoff ended when a helicopter dropped an incendiary device on their compound, a row house in the middle of Osage Avenue in West Philadelphia. The resulting fire killed eleven MOVE members, including five children. The out of control fire went on to destroy 65 other houses in the neighborhood.

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released April 22, 2017
Written & produced by Richard Fox | Vocals: Diana Slickman | Vocal tracking: John Szymanski

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Richard Fox Chicago, Illinois

Richard Fox has contributed work to many literary journals. “Swagger & Remorse,” his first book of poetry, was published in December, 2007.

He was the recipient of a full poetry fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council. He holds a BFA in Photography from Temple University, Philadelphia, and lives in Chicago.
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