Russell Maroon Shoatz is a US held Black Unity Council and Black Liberation Army political prisoner. He has been in prison for over 40 years. This short film is part nine of a weekly web series of Russell Shoatz III the son of Russell Maroon Shoatz, telling the story of his father.
In this episode Russell Shoatz talks about the strength and support that his father Russell Maroon Shoatz showed as he tries to build a relationship with his estranged daughter who was kidnapped and kept from the family for almost 30 years. The burden of responsibility that Maroon must shoulder knowing that she was kidnapped because he was in prison is something Maroon personally struggles with as he tries to get to know his long-lost daughter. Maroon is forced to evolve yet again from behind prison walls, not into the warrior he felt was required to be when he was put in prison but as the warrior he must be for his daughter and his family to try to heal the deep wounds that he, his daughter and his family bear.
Russell Maroon Shoatz has written extensively while in prison, these writings have been distributed around the world. These writings have been collected in a new book Maroon The Implacable and published by PM Press. To order the book go to pmpress.org. There is an ongoing campaign to try to free Russell to get more information or to join the campaign follow @RussellMShoatz or like Russell Maroon Shoatz on Facebook and check out some of Russell’s writings on his blog russellmaroonshoats.wordpress.com. And stay tuned for the next installment in this compelling story next week.