1985: When Philly police dropped a bomb on a residential neighborhood
MOVE members in front of their original headquarters in the Powelton Village area of Philadelphia.
Image: Leif Skoogfors/CORBIS
The black liberation group MOVE was founded in 1972 by John Africa (born Vincent Leaphart). Living communally in a house in West Philadelphia, members of MOVE all changed their surnames to Africa, shunned modern technology and materialism, and preached support of animal rights, revolution and a return to nature
Their first conflict with law enforcement occurred in 1978, when police tried to evict them from their house. A firefight erupted, killing one police officer and injuring several more on both sides Read more…