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Marshall Law

Marshall Law

The Life & Times of a Baltimore Black Panther
April 2011
Trade Paperback · 200 Pages
$15.95 U.S. · $19.50 CAN
ISBN 9781849350228
AK Press


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What is life for the individual caged in a six-by-nine-foot cell?

In 1970 the feds framed Marshall “Eddie” Conway for the murder of a Baltimore city police officer. He was twenty-four years old. They threw him in prison; took him away from his family, his friends, and his organizing; and tried to relegate him to a life marked by nothing but legal appeals, riots and lockdowns, and transfers from one penal colony to the next. But they failed.

Forty years later, still incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit, Eddie Conway continues to resist. From his childhood in inner-city Baltimore to his political awakening in the military, from the rise of the Black Panther Party to the sham trial, the realities of prison life, escape attempts, labor organizing on the inside, and beyond, Eddie’s autobiography is a reminder that we all share the responsibility of resistance, no matter where we are.

Praise for Marshall Law

“A truly amazing, authentic African American history lesson.”—Emory Douglas, Artist and former Minister of Culture, Black Panther Party

“Eddie Conway articulates past and present oppression and demonstrates the need for continuing resistance. Read him.”—Bobby Seale, Founding Chairman and National Organizer of the Black Panther Party

“A thunderously clear indictment of the ongoing logics of racist political repression and proto-genocidal institutional racism that characterize the U.S. state and the society it has created. Eddie Conway is one of the most significant and, until now, under-recognized political prisoners in the world—we must heed the analysis and political insight offered in these pages.”—Dylan Rodríguez, University of California, Riverside and author of Forced Passages

About the Authors

Marshall “Eddie” Conway is a former member of the Baltimore chapter of the Black Panther Party. In 1969, he uncovered evidence of the FBI’s infiltration of the Panthers as a part of the COINTELPRO initiative, and found himself locked away one year later, convicted of a murder he did not commit. Currently into his forth decade of incarceration in a Maryland correctional facility, he has played a leading role in a variety of prisoner support initiatives, including the formation of the Maryland chapter of the United Prisoner’s Labor Union, and the ACLU’s Prison Committee to Correct Prison Conditions as well as the American Friends Service Committee's A Friend of a Friend program.

Mr. Conway is the author of two books, The Greatest Threat: The Black Panther Party and COINTELPRO, and his memoir, Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Social Science from Coppin State University.

Dominque Demetrea Stevenson is the mother of four children. An activist who speaks extensively about political prisoners and the prison industrial complex, she is currently the director of the Maryland Peace with Justice Program of the Middle Atlantic Region of the American Friends Service Committee in Baltimore, Maryland. She coordinates prisoner run mentoring projects in Maryland prisons. The program, A Friend of a Friend, helps foster healing, and connects young men with prison mentors who help them develop the skills necessary to navigate violent situations, and prepare for a successful return to their communities. She is the co-author of Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther, and has written a novel, Blues Before Sunrise. Dominque currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland.