Marshall "Eddie" Conway became a member of the Baltimore Black Panther chapter in the late 1960's, during which he was closely monitored by the FBI. While working for the postal service, Conway was arrested and later convicted for a murder he didn't commit and subsequently served almost 44 years in prison. In their conversation, Conway tells Robert Scheer how he not only survived his years in prison but also helped fellow prisoners organize for reform and better treatment. Conway also talks about his disbelief upon being released from prison that the plight of African Americans was worse than it had been when he entered the penal system decades earlier. Finally, he discusses his involvement in the Real News Network since his release and his effort to report stories not usually told in the mainstream media about issues facing minority communities.
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