Jonathan Jackson (left), 17, with William Christmas, James McClain and Ruchell Magee take judge, prosecutor, three jurors as hostages to waiting van Aug. 7, 1970
17 Year old Freedom Fighter, Jonathan Jackson walked into the Marin County Courthouse (California) armed (with guns that were in Angela Davis’ name) and with the assistance of James McClain, William Christmas and Ruchell Magee announced “Gentlemen, we will be taking over from here”. And at that point they took Judge Harold Haley, Deputy District Attorney Gary Thomas and a few jurors hostage as they exited the building. Jonathan, William Christmas, James McClain and Judge Harold Haley were gunned down when police opened fire on the van they were driving. Ruchell Magee and Thomas survived. Ruchell Magee has been held over 45 years and is currently one of the longest held political prisoners in US. Jonathan (along with his Brother George Jackson), McClain, Christmas, Magee and other are a few of the reasons we commemorate Black August… Rest In Power to “the ManChild” Jonathan Jackson!
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