Black History Month 15 – Imari Obadele was a black separatist, advocate for #reparations, and #president of the Republic of New Afrika.After the murder of Malcolm X, they helped form the #MalcolmX Society and, dissatisfied by the progress achieved by nonviolent approaches to civil rights movement, came to embrace black separatism.Obadele was arrested and charged in the wake of a joint police / #FBI raid on the house in 1971. The raid culminated in a gunfight that killed an officer. It was later determined that Obadele was not at the scene, and murder charges against him were dropped. However, he was convicted of #conspiracy to assault a federal agent and was sentenced to twelve years in prison (of which he served five). Amnesty International described him as a political prisoner, and the group claimed that it had been targeted by the FBI because of its political views. FBI documentation that was later released confirmed that the agency was following the group. Internal FBI memos suggested that Obadele "be kept off the streets" and that he was one of the country's "most violence-prone black extremists". After prison, Obadele went on to earn a #PhD in political science from #Temple University.#BlackHistoryMonth #YESBHM #NBABHM