On a Move: Philadelphia's Notorious Bombing and a Native Son's Lifelong Battle for Justice

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About the Author

Mike Africa Jr. is a sought-after speaker and writer who has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian and on NPR. He starred in the HBO documentary 40 Years a Prisoner and was featured in the Audible original docu-series about the MOVE bombing, Summer of '85, produced by Kevin Hart and Charlamagne tha God, and narrated by Hart. As a keynote speaker, Mike has been invited to speak everywhere from the Smithsonian and the University of Pennsylvania to the 55 Year Anniversary of the Black Panther Party.

D. Watkins is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of The Beast Side, The Cook Up, and Black Boy Smile, as well as coauthor of Where Tomorrows Aren't Promised. He is also editor at large for Salon and a college lecturer at the University of Baltimore.


"The bombing of the MOVE headquarters is one of many events that still haunt Black America's memories but has largely been whitewashed from our public consciousness. On a Move unerases this story with powerful storytelling, detailed research and a personal perspective that combines personal and historical context. It is as necessary and powerful as it is captivating." -- Michael Harriot, New York Times bestselling author of Black AF History

"On A Move is the stunning, insider's account of the day Philadelphia officials firebombed a Black neighborhood, and it is the portrait of a family and a movement that went up in flames. As a child of the radical liberation organization MOVE, Mike Africa Jr. has the unique ability to blend memory, empathy, and reportage. This book is a reminder that history lives and breathes." -- Antonia Hylton, New York Times bestselling author of Madness

"On a Move is a powerful and important book that dares us to remember and to reckon with our nation's past. Sometimes we forget that children were present in that horrific bombing on Osage Avenue in Philadelphia all those years ago. Finally, we have the story of MOVE and of the terrible moment, from someone who grew up in it all. At times bewildering and surprising, I could not put this book down!" -- Eddie Glaude, New York Times bestselling author of Begin Again

"The bombing was an unthinkable act, thought out and executed with reckless abandon. Now, in this searing and urgent new book, Mike Africa Jr. fearlessly tells the true story of what happened that fateful day, why the MOVE organization was formed, and how overpolicing and underfunding communities can end in inevitable tragedy." -- Bakari Sellers, New York Times bestselling author of My Vanishing Country and The Moment

"It has been quite some time since a book held me captive. On a Move is such a book. It's a riveting and inspirational read, and also a healing journey that is not for the faint of heart. Mike Africa Jr.'s voice is on full blast from start to finish, setting the record straight with candor and eloquence. May the captivating power of his truth, so deftly woven within these pages, shatter the chains that have bound his loved ones within the System for too long." -- Dame Lisa Simone, award-winning executive producer, actress and entertainer

"I remember the MOVE bombing like it happened last night. I heard the loud boom and saw black smoke all over the streets. Pure chaos. I was ashamed to call myself a Philadelphian. I'm thrilled that the story of MOVE is finally being told. Mike Africa Jr. has put on the page what only a few people have known - and what I hope nobody ever forgets." -- Charlie Mack, film producer and Philadelphia legend

"Everyone should know what happened to MOVE." -- Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, about the MOVE bombing

"Your story can change people's lives." -- Common, on Mike Africa Jr.

"Free at last!" -- Tina Knowles, when Mike's parents were released from prison

"On a Move represents in equal parts a total failure of the system and a triumph of the human spirit." -- Tommy Oliver, filmmaker

"From the moment Mike Africa Jr. took his first newborn breath in a jail cell, his inspirational journey as legacy member of the MOVE family has been a reckoning of what it means to be an American; a boy from Philly; a modern-day David; a rose in the concrete; and a man determined to liberate himself, everyone he loves, and be truly free. With candor and self-awareness, Mike shares his compelling story of struggle and perseverance, and demonstrates love as an impelling force of unwavering dedication to family, truth, and justice." -- Jana Babatunde-Bey, media executive, film/television producer, and philanthropist