Our final tribute to Black history month is to Donald DeFreeze, also known as Cinque Mtume or Field Marshal Cinque. He was the leader of the American guerrilla group Symbionese Liberation Army, in the early 1970s.
The group was small, probably not numbering more than 30, with a few hundred supporters. The group had an emblem, a seven headed Cobra, they used. DeFreeze picked it because it symbolized the seven principles of Kwanzaa, with each head representing a principle. He was the only black person in the organization
They became world known for kidnapping media heiress Patty Hearst.
The SLA moved to
Southern California to try and recruit from the Black Community there. Instead they were discovered by police in a safe house. Police had a shoot out with them. The house was set on fire and cops let it burn to the ground. Some witnesses claim some members of the group tried to surrender but where shot down. The Fire Department was prevented from putting out the fire to make sure all inside where killed. Not all members where killed, but the major leaders in the SLA were lost and the groups soon fell apart. No political leftist group has tried such an armed rebellion since that time. -សតិវ អតុ