The Philadelphia MOVE Bombing

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.
  • 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.
  • Demby, Gene. "Why Have So Many People Never Heard Of The MOVE Bombing?." NPR. Code Switch. 5/18/2015.
  • Fox, Margalit. " Michael Ward, Survivor of ’85 Bombing by Philadelphia Police, Is Dead at 41." New York Times. 9/27/2013.
  • Knight Ridder/Tribune. " Philadelphia families fight attempt to move them." 9/10/2000.
  • Mathieu-Léger, Laurence. " The forgotten police bombing of a Philadelphia pro-black group – video." The Guardian. 7/29/2016.
  • Osder, Jason. "Let the Fire Burn." Cinedigm. 1993. Via Amazon Video.
  • "MOVE: Devastation on Osage Avenue."
  • Sasko, Claire. "City Announces Developer for MOVE Bombing Area." Philadelphia Magazine. 4/19/2017.
  • The MOVE Organization. "About MOVE: Belief and Practice."
  • Wagner-Pacifici, Robin. "Discourse and Destruction: The City of Philadelphia versus MOVE." University of Chicago Press. 1994.
  • Wahrhaftig, Paul and Hizkias Assefa. " MOVE/Philadelphia Bombing: A Conflict Resolution History." Sociological Practice. Vol. 10 Issue 1. January 1992.
  • Washington, Linn. "MOVE: A Double Standard of Justice?" Yale Journal of Law and Liberation. Volume 1. Issue 1. 1989.

Topics in this Podcast: U.S. history, 20th century, show notes, not just in the south, bombings, Philadelphia, racism, black history