Untitled (John Africa)
John Africa, founder of MOVE
John Africa, seen here in the car with sunglasses, is released after being acquitted on weapons possession and conspiracy charges in 1981. Africa (formerly Vincent Leaphart) founded MOVE in 1972. He insisted that all members of MOVE change their surname to Africa to signify that they were all one family. MOVE's politics were often confusing and contradictory - they claimed to be close to nature, but they lived and operated in Philadelphia. Their unclear positions initially allowed neighbors to ignore them, but as they got louder and more violent, they could no longer be overlooked.
Lindsay Norward, "The Day Philadelphia Bombed Its Own People"
July 23, 1981
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