Mumia Abu-Jamal Spoken Word MUMIA ABU-JAMAL is an American activist and journalist and was a member of the Black Panther Party until October 1970. He left the party and became a radio reporter, eventually becoming president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. Despite evidence pointing to his innocence, he was convicted and sentenced to death in 1982 for the murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. After numerous appeals, his sentence was commuted in 2011 to life imprisonment without parole. During his imprisonment Abu-Jamal has published books and commentaries on social and political issues.