Maliki Shakur Latine was born in the Bronx on August 23, 1953. An early sense of spirituality and community responsibility as a young Muslim lead him to join the Nation of Islam and then the Bronx Chapter of the Black Panther Party. He was taking political education classes, serving in community programs, and developing a life-long interest in history, philosophy, and spirituality.
Unfortunately, on July 3rd, 1979, a traffic accident lead to a tragic event involving Maliki Shakur Latine, police officers, and others. On October 1, 1981, Maliki Shakur Latine was sentenced to twenty-five to life for attempted murder in the first degree and seven and one half to fifteen years for assault in the first degree.
In prison Mr. Latine continued to study philosophy, ancient civilizations, Islam, and many other topics. He took classes and served on Inmate Liaison Committees at several facilities and has taught classes on reentry and release. Despite all of this, the parole board denied his parole seven times, citing things like the severity of the crime and alleged affiliations. Sadly this is the case for so many people held in New York State and beyond.
Maliki Shakur Latine walked out of Shawangunk Correctional Facility on December 6, 2016, released on parole, after 37 years behind the walls! This came about thanks to the amazing Parole Preparation Project of the National Lawyers Guild-NYC Chapter, our awesome attorney Moira Meltzer-Cohen, visionary artist Sophia Dawson, the Sekou Odinga Defense Committee, NYC Anarchist Black Cross, the Anarchist Black Cross Federation, the Jericho Movement, the RAPP Campaign, and everyone who donated, wrote letters of support, and spread the word.
We are so happy he has come home to his friends, family, and community. We are working to support him as he begins a new chapter of his life.
Family and Friends of Maliki Shakur Latine