Dec 05 2013

Independent Journalist Pens Critical Analysis of Oscar Grant Murder

Oakland based film maker Ryan Coogler has just won the Best First Film award from the prestigious New York Film Critics Circle for his acclaimed feature film Fruitvale Station. The award has generated a major buzz for an Academy Award nomination for the young film maker.

Fruitvale Station dramatized the final 24 hours of the young black man, Oscar Grant, who was killed by white BART police officer Johannes Mehserle in the early hours of New Year’s Day in 2009 in Oakland, California. The real-life killing, which was captured by bystanders on cell phones generated public outrage, eventually leading to a 2010 involuntary manslaughter conviction of Mehserle.

Now, local journalist Thandisizwe Chimurenga who closely followed the activism and the legal trial as it was unfolding, has written a new book about the story called No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant.

GUEST: Thandisizwe Chimurenga is an award winning journalist and founder of the Ida B Wells Institute. She has also been a KPFK programmer, who co-founded Some of Us Are Brave – A Black Womens’ Radio Program. Chimurenga is attempting to self-publish her book through a crowd funding campaign

Visit the book’s website at

Click here to visit the book’s Indiegogo campaign website.

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