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Mukasa Dada
Title: Morehouse Police Beat Up Civil Rights Leader!

Time Frame: 1 Month

Plan of Action: Contact Morehouse College and Morehouse Police Department and demand that an act of police brutality perpetrated against civil rights icon Mukasa Dada (WIllie Ricks) be corrected and that he be compensated for his injuries.

Purpose of Action: Rectify an act of politice brutality against Mukasa Dada, formerly named Willie Ricks, creator of the term "Black Power" and pioneering civil rights activist.

Morehouse police beat up Civil Rights Leader and Elder, Mukasa Dada former known as Willie Ricks of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), on Thursday, November 10, 2005 at Morehouse College. As a Field Secretary for SNCC and overall freedom fighter for Black people in general, we feel this attack by Morehouse Police is dishonorable, appallingly contradictory, and a slap in the face to all Black Leadership past, present, and future. Mukasa Dada’s history in the civil rights movement, Black power movement, and all Black progressive movements is impeccable. Not only did Mukasa Dada popularized the chant of “Black Power” but he is highly spoken of by other civil rights leaders.

Who Is Mukasa Dada?

  1. Civil Rights Leader, Elder, Father, Organizer, Orator
  2. Field Secretary of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
  3. “The fiery orator of SNCC” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his 1967 book, Where Do We Go From Here
  4. “Willie Ricks must rank as one of those unknown heroes who captured the mood of history. In calling for Black Power, he caught the essence of the spirit, moving Black people in the United States and around the world who were poor, Black, and without power” - James Forman of SNCC
  5. Popularized of the chant, “Black Power”
  6. For more information about Mukasa Dada:

What You Should Do Now:

1. Call Morehouse Police: 1-404-215-2666
Call Morehouse President, Dr. Massey: 1-404-215-2645
Call Morehouse Public Relations: 1-404-614-3788
2. Fax Letters to Morehouse College #1: 1-404-659-6536
Fax Letters to Morehouse College #2: 1-404-215-2729

Write Dr. Walter E. Massey
Morehouse College
830 Westview Drive, S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30314

Tell Dr. Massey that he should guarantee the safety of people that frequent Morehouse and that he should honor the contributions of Mukasa Dada (WIllie Ricks) to the Civil Rights Movement, by investigating the allegations of police brutality on Morehouse's campus.

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Goals & Outcomes

Fire involved officers (officer C. Cox and others)
Public written apology
All charges dropped
Restitution for Mukasa Dada and his family for medical services and humiliation

Police Department notified that acts of brutality must be punished.
Public awareness of police brutality will be heightened.
Public will know that police often use false arrest to hide their own criminal intent.
Mukasa Dada will receive financial restitution.


Please take a few moments and provide us with important feedback about this Action Alert. Your opinions are important!

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Which Actions did you take

I called the Morehouse College Police.
I faxed the administration of Morehouse College.
I wrote the administration of Morehouse College.
I did all 3 actions.
I do not support this Action Alert.

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