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Writer and artist WOPASHITWE MONDO EYEN WE LANGA
(formerly known as David Rice) was born in Omaha in 1949, graduated from Creighton Preparatory
School and took courses at Creighton University.
He has created art, written short stories, poetry and journalism.
Five books of poetry were published between 1973 and 1978, and he has contributed poems and
stories to such literary journals and magazines as Prairie Schooner, The Black Scholar,
ARGO, Black American Literary Forum, Shooting Star Quarterly Review, Pacifica Review,
Obsidian, Black Books Bulletin, and over thirty others.
In addition, his poem, "Great Babaleur"
was featured in Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary by Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic, Inc,
1993). Two of his plays, Different Dances and We Dance in Our Neighborhood, were
performed by Ujima Youtheatre in Nebraska, as well as in New York City.
From 1969-1970, he wrote for the local underground paper,
Buffalo Chip, and joined the Black Panther party.
In 1970, he and fellow Black Panther Ed Poindexter were convicted for the bombing murder
of Omaha policeman Larry Minard, and given life sentences. Both have consistently denied any
connection with the crime, and Amnesty International has
called for either a new trial or immediate release.
He is one of several co-authors (including Yosef-ben-Jochannan, John Henrik Clarke, et al)
of The Race: Matters Concerning Pan Afrikan History, Culture, and Genocide (Native Sun
Publishers, 1992). He is a contributor to Nebraska Voices, the anthology commissioned by
the Nebraska Humanities Council in celebration of the sesquicentennial of Nebraska statehood.