Why did the city of Philadelphia drop a bomb on its own residents in 1985?

This documentary covers the severely untertold tragedy of the MOVE bombing in Philadelphia.

MOVE is a revolutionary organization founded in the Powelton Village neighborhood of Philadelphia.

MOVE follows a strong life philosophy written by their founder John Africa.

The organization’s official website states:

“The MOVE Organization is a family of strong, serious, deeply committed revolutionaries founded by a wise, perceptive, strategically-minded Black man named JOHN AFRICA. The principle of our belief is explained in a collection of writings we call “The Guidelines,” authored by JOHN AFRICA. To honor our beloved Founder, and acknowledge the wisdom and strength He has given us, we say “LONG LIVE JOHN AFRICA!””

Read the rest of the MOVE family’s philosophy on the About MOVE page of their site.

The MOVE family remains an active voice in the community of Philadelphia to this day, especially within the Black Lives Matter movement.

Let the Fire Burn (2013) Documentary | 88min | 2 October 2013 (USA) 7.8
Director: Jason OsderStars: Birdie Africa, Ramona Africa, Wilson GoodeSummary: On May 13, 1985, Philadelphia police dropped two pounds of military explosives onto a city row house occupied by the radical group MOVE. The resulting fire was not fought for over an hour although firefighters were on the scene with water cannons in place. Five children and six adults were killed and sixty-one homes were destroyed by the six-alarm blaze, one of the largest in the city's history. This dramatic tragedy unfolds through an extraordinary visual record previously withheld from the public. It is a graphic illustration of how prejudice, intolerance and fear can lead to unthinkable acts of violence. Written by Anonymous


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