Queen Mother Moore Speech at Greenhaven Prison (1973)

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The People's Communication Network was a video collective based out of New York City. In 1973, the collective was asked inside the federal prison at Greenhaven to document a visit by Queen Mother Moore, longtime civil rights activist and follower of Marcus Garvey. The tape records the atmosphere in the prison yard on the day of her visit, but is devoted primarily to her speech. While there are establishing and crowd response shots of the inmates, they are never interviewed for their reactions. For her part, the Queen Mother gives a delightful narrative of her days in the civil rights movement, lacing her speech with such cracks as "you can't steal from the white man, because everything he has is stolen." She closes with a rousing version of "This country 'tis to me, a land of misery."