Omali Yeshitela (born Joseph Waller, October 9, 1941, St. Petersburg, Florida) is the founder of the Uhuru Movement based in St. Petersburg, Florida is a Black Panther offshoot. In May 1972, after his release from prison, Yeshitela founded the St. Petersburg-based African People’s Socialist Party (APSP), a political party founded on an ideology combining black nationalism and socialism called “African internationalism.”
The Uhuru Movement is a direct offshoot of the Black Panthers in St Pete Florida, it’s leader is Omali Yeshitela aka Joseph Waller, his photo above, who was born in 1941 (age 69) in St. Petersburg, Florida. Omali Yeshitela aka Joseph Waller founded the National People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement (InPDUM) and the Junta of Militant Organizations (JOMO) and (SNCC) all similar in character to the Black Panther Party which was organized in Oakland, California, Omali Yeshitela aka Joseph Waller is /was a “Black Panther, HE SPENT SEVERAL YEARS IN PRISON AND HAS A LONG CRIMINAL HISTORY”.
Chairman Omali Yeshitela aka Joseph Waller (center, mic) mobilizes crowd during rally in the ’60s, love that “Black Panther ” look. Uhuru Statement; “In the U.S., the attacks on the African community have been escalating, from the 2008 police murder of Javon Dawson in St Petersburg FL, to the New Year’s 2009 police murder of Oscar Grant and the March 2009 “routine traffic stop” that left 4 officers and Lovelle Mixon (cop killer) dead in Oakland, CA. As these (police) attacks intensify, the Uhuru Movement is organizing resistance and more people are gravitating towards an analysis that explains the conditions faced by African people in U.S. cities and throughout the world. The Uhuru Solidarity Movement held its National Conference in Philadelphia, PA this past May 2nd, attended by comrades from St Petersburg FL, Oakland and Berkeley CA, Minneapolis MN, Boston MA, Philly and Baltimore MD. There are members of Uhuru Solidarity Movement (Black Panthers) in London UK, Hamburg Germany, Seattle WA, Salem Oregon, and San Diego CA who were unable to come”.
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Uhuru Movement releases statement on Lovelle Mixon’s shooting of four Oakland police; The Uhuru Movement thanks all of our friends and supporters who have voiced their concerns about the position taken by the Uhuru Movement on the March 21 killings of four Oakland policemen and twenty-six year old Lovelle Mixon (Cop Killer, Lovelle Mixon killed four cops just like Maurice Clemmons in Seattle). We have to take the March 21 events in the context of the long history that the Oakland police department has had with the Oakland African working class community.
Omali Yeshitela, Uhuru founder and ex-con.
Dynamic and powerful speaker, brilliant theoretician, Omali Yeshitela (linked to Hewey Newton and the Black Panthers) , Chairman of the African People’s Socialist Party (Uhuru’s), founder of The Burning Spear newspaper which has published continuously since the 60s (Black Panthers). 40 years of bold leadership and unwavering commitment to the struggle for the self-determination of the African community.