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The Brilliant Mind Of John Africa

“JOHN AFRICA taught us that Life is the priority. Nothing is more important or as important as Life, the force that keeps us alive. All life comes from one source, from God” MOVE

“Can’t we all just get along?” asked Rodney King elevating above all the philosophers at Oxford reading Eliot expecting a ‘whimper’. FeatherLeaf

Ramona Africa photoIf you never heard of John Africa I am not surprised. To put it mildly he was the inspiration for a revolutionary movement that is alive and well today in the United States. The powers that be do no not want the people to hear ideas that are contrary to the established ideas. In the United States we have the Republican right wing and the Democratic left wing and they both belong to the same bird. No matter who holds the power of the two parties the oppression of the poor continues as do the endless wars.

I am not an expert in the teaching of John Africa by any means. I have never studied his teachings in depth as I do not believe that such a book as of yet exists. John Africa founded a group called MOVE. I am aware of MOVE to a greater extent. The fact that the United States government sought to exterminate MOVE is ample evidence that they were a substantial threat to the status quo.

The United States government is very reluctant to kill people. They only do so  when there are no other options. Martin Luther King was tolerated for a long time before he was assassinated. Of course Martin Luther King went through a whole host of sufferings. Besides the ‘legal’ imprisonments he was also blackmailed by the F.B.I. with letters threatening to expose his adultery and encouraging him to kill himself.

So when the United States government seeks to kill somebody or totally eradicate a movement one should take notice. On May 13, 1985 the police attacked the MOVE house on Osage Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. More than 500 police officers discharged over 10,000 rounds of ammunition in 90 minutes. In the end the police dropped two  bombs on the MOVE house.

So the question that needs answering is why did the police want to destroy MOVE? The answer is very simple, that by following the teachings of John Africa one is empowered to the point to where they will stand up to the system. It was during their early years of community activism where the MOVE people would help the impoverished people of Philadelphia as much as they could. With a corrupt and racist system in place this put them at odds with the police.

It is ironic that the teachings of John Africa are so ingrained in harmony and community. John Africa had the belief that man was part of nature. As such he readily rejected the satanic system that is in place today. That is a system where money is god and everything could be sacrificed on the alter of commerce in the name of ‘profits’. Yet John Africa took his ideas beyond the theoretical. He actually established a commune where somebody could join and op out of the American way.

A workable alternative to the American system in control is anathema to authorities. There are plenty of groups with radical ideas who advocate the violent overthrow of the United States government. But they are simply paper ‘wanna be’s’. MOVE was a real threat to the establishment because it was a way out.

On August 8, 1978 the MOVE house was attacked by the police. Unfortunately a police officer named  James Ramp was killed. Evidence proves that the bullet came from an upward trajectory which was impossible to be shot by the members of MOVE who happened to be in their basement. Because of this one shot nine members of MOVE were found guilty of murder which none say they had a hand in. Of the eight who remain alive none show remorse for the killing for the simple reason that they are innocent. The MOVE 9 are model inmates and help keep the prisons safe.

I have a poem dedicated to MOVE in my book “Poet To The Poor, Poems Of Hope For The Bottom One Percent”

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The Brilliant Mind Of John Africa

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.

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Kaniecki, J. (2018). The Brilliant Mind Of John Africa. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 24, 2020, from


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