Untitled (MOVE In Front Of Headquarters)
MOVE's early years
Members of MOVE pose in front of their Powelton Village headquarters. This photo was taken in the same year as the clash with police that left Officer James Ramp dead. The outstretched fist is a common symbol of the Black Power movement, used most frequently by the Black Panthers. While they had yet to clash with police when this photo was taken, MOVE's aggressively pro-black stance was a direct threat to the policies of the Rizzo administration. As MOVE became more vocal and more of a presence in West Philadelphia, it was only a matter of time before the city responded.
Alex Q. Arbuckle, "May 13, 1985: The Bombing of MOVE"