Former 60s radical H. Rap Brown now Jamil
Abdullah Al-Amin was convicted of 13 counts related to a shooting in which Al-Amin killed
an Atlanta police officer and wounded his partner. Al-Amin appeared first on the
public stage as the fiery leader of the Student
Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and later Black Panther member who famously asserted
that violence was "as American as cherry pie" and once claimed he might shoot
Lyndon Johnson's wife. Brown was imprisoned several times in the late 1960s.
In 1967 he was charged with inciting a riot and convicted of armed robbery in 1973.
By the time of his release in 1976, Brown had converted to Islam and taken on the Al-Amin
name. Until his latest legal problems, Al-Amin ran a grocery store and mosque on the
west side of Atlanta.