Monday, July 21 COINTELPRO and the Pollitcal Imprisonment of Edward Poindexter and Mondo we Langa presentation by Michael Richardson Malcolm X Memorial Foundation, 3448 Evans St. 7 p.m., Free (donations to Nebraskans for Justice), 402-517-6459
The case of Edward Poindexter and Mondo we Langa (formerly David Rice) has intrigued some and outraged others for more than four decades. The two men, both Black Panther Party members in the 1960s, were implicated in one of Omaha’s most infamous murders – the 1970 booby-trap bomb death of police officer Larry Minard. The prime suspects were convicted of the crime and have been serving life sentences ever since. The two convicts, who have reportedly been model prisoners all this time, have always maintained their innocence. Many observers believe them, suggesting they were targeted to take the fall by the FBI’s COINTELPRO program and local authorities. Many, including journalist Michael Richardson. question whether they ever got a fair trial. Richardson, who’s written a series of online articles about The Omaha Two, will address how it is that two men committed to positive social action may very well have become political prisoners in their own country.