Interview with Herbert X. Blyden
QUESTION 2
INTERVIEWER:

What were some of the things that were raising the consciousness of the brothers before the uprising?

HERB BLYDEN:

For the most part, the consciousness of the brothers in Attica, their level was raised, ah, once they'd gotten into the writings of Malcolm X, the uprising in Watts, and definitely the Soledad brothers struggle and, ah, that in turn affected conditions in "The Tombs" Prison in New York City in 1970. So from '67 through '70 there was this uprising throughout America's prisons, from West Coast to East Coast to the South, you know, with Folsom and all the rest of the other prisons thrown in. And what we found in Attica in 1971 was the influx of prisoners from other outlying New York institutions confined in Attica themselves. There was the Young Lords, the Panthers, the Five Percenters, the Weathermen, the Muslims, and for the most part, all these diverse groups and the Five Percenters, I'm sorry.

INTERVIEWER:

Let's try it again.

HERB BLYDEN:

Yeah, because I want to make sure that I give you those groups because it's important.