Omali Yeshitela

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Birthday
9, 1941
Birthplace
Florida
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
9, 1941 (age 78)
Birthplace
Florida

About

Notable for establishing both the African People's Socialist Party and a radical political initiative called the Uhuru Movement, he is also known for self-publishing a number of works on the subject of the international liberation of Africans, including Reparations Now! and One People! One Party! One Destiny!

Before Fame

In his teens and early twenties, he was heavily involved in the American Civil Rights Movement. His activism led to his imprisonment on a charge of civil disobedience.

Trivia

In 2001, he campaigned for the office of Mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida. Though he ultimately lost the election, he was the victor in all but one of the city's predominately African-American precincts.

Family Life

Born Joseph Waller, he grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida. Before returning to his hometown, he lived and worked in Oakland, California.

Associated With

After being imprisoned for more than two years as a result of his acts during the Civil Rights Movement, Yeshitela was denied the right to vote. In 2000, however, then-Florida Governor Jeb Bush reversed this ruling.