The '68 strike has been on my mind a lot lately -- with the argument about opposing mayoral control leading to the "then what?" question, the various versions of "community" control have bubbled back to the surface. When people scratch their heads about the UFT's adamant support for some version of mayoral control, the simple answer is: 1968.
Jitu played no small role in those events.
I was hoping to do some historical perspective this summer with a group of teachers who opened up their schools during the strike, some of whom have a very interesting perspective. I don't know if I would have had the nerve to ask Jitu Weusi to take part and I doubt if he would have. There has been so much more to his life since then and he shouldn't be solely defined by those years. The announcement on the list serves came from his good friend Justin Wedes.
You can find out more about his life at ww.assatashakur.org/forum/shoulders-our-freedom-fighters/17691-baba-jitu-weusi.html
And here (UPDATED): http://forpubliced.blogspot.