More than two thousand mourners crowded the street outside the Oakland Church where the funeral service was being held on Saturday (28 August) for George Jackson--the "Soledad Brother" shot during an escape bid from San Quentin Prison last week.
GV Crowd outside chapel (2 shots)
SV Wreath being taken inside
SV Hearse arrives & people watch (2 shots)
SV Jackson's mother arriving
SV People outside church.
CV Crowd listening to speech by Huey Newton over loud speakers
GV Hearse and mourners away from church (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: NEWTON (SEQ. 6): "To mourn the tragic death of this revolutionary soldier in any way other than combat is absolutely disrespectful, disregards the pattern of assassination today, genocide tomorrow, and the history of his and our enemies, is unforgivable hypocrisy. And some people say that we can't get rid of this kind of physical conflict with more of it, well I would take issue with it, if we use that example of pressures stopping George Jackson down to his knees. It can't go on, and with the violence when we act, and when we return it, in our success by tearing his legs off, of course he won't have a leg, but yet the violence will stop. We will take the example of George Jackson, that in the name of love and in the name of freedom, with love of that guy, we'll slit every throat that threatens the people, and our children. We'll do it in name of peace, if this is what we have to do, as soon as it is over, well then we can have the kind of world where violence will not exist."
NOTICE TO EDITORS: We refer you to our production number 10016/71 "Terrorist bombings hit California as black revolutionary leader is buried", serviced London 29 August 1971.
N.B. Parts of this transcript seem confused, but what said has been rendered as accurately as was possible.
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Background: More than two thousand mourners crowded the street outside the Oakland Church where the funeral service was being held on Saturday (28 August) for George Jackson--the "Soledad Brother" shot during an escape bid from San Quentin Prison last week.
People in the orderly crowd wept as Black Panther leaders speaking through an amplifier from the small Episcopal church described Jackson, a 29-year-old "Field Marshal" in the Party, as a "hero" of the struggle for black freedom.
The only incident occurred when the crowd tried to push into the 200-seat church. But Jackson's mother Georgia, leaning from a second floor window, appealed to them to move back. They obeyed her immediately.
Black Panther leader Huey Newton, who holds the party title of "Minister of Information", said Jackson was a "hero" and added "We should raise our children to fight for freedom the way George did."
"They can't kill all of us the way they did George." he said. "We will advance wave upon wave and will slit every throat that will threaten our lives and freedom."
The following is a transcript of part of Newton's speech to the crowd.