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The Philadelphia MOVE Bombing



The three blocks on either side of Osage Avenue following the MOVE bombing and resulting fire. 
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The three blocks on either side of Osage Avenue following the MOVE bombing and resulting fire. (Bettman/Contributor/Getty Images)

The MOVE organization is often labeled as a black liberation group or a black power group, but it’s more complex than that. After a protracted, contentious relationship with Philadelphia police, MOVE’s home was bombed in 1985.

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Tracy's Research:

  • Brey, Jared. "Can Philly Fix the Block It Razed, Then Shabbily Rebuilt, After MOVE Bombing?." Philadelphia Magazine. 11/21/2016. http://www.phillymag.com/news/2016/11/21/move-bombing-redevelopment-authority/#v8if59vFE5qU50gY.99.
  • Demby, Gene. " I'm From Philly. 30 Years Later, I'm Still Trying To Make Sense Of The MOVE Bombing." NPR. Morning Edition. 5/13/2015. http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2015/05/13/406243272/im-from-philly-30-years-later-im-still-trying-to-make-sense-of-the-move-bombing
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Topics in this Podcast: not just in the south, racism, bombings, U.S. history, 20th century


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