Office Hours with Professor Abu-Jamal
A Commentary for Workers World
“If you haven’t noticed,” Mumia said to me as he leaned over and flashed me his wry grin, “I’m a frustrated professor.” His expression was warm, but his tone was earnest. “A professor without a chair.”
Mumia Abu-Jamal holds office hours in the visitors’ room of SCI Mahanoy, not in some university faculty building. There are no alabaster busts adorning the walls. Despite the fact that we were in rural, white Pennsylvania, most of the faces around us were Black and Brown. Mumia did not have a big mahogany desk in front of him, but he did have a plastic tray on his lap with lunch — a ham sandwich and a slice of cheesecake from the vending machines where MOVE Minister of Confrontation Pam Africa bought them.