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The MOVE bombing in 1985 in Philadelphia was an unnecessary tragedy and sad for everyone who witnessed it. What is also sad is when someone is found dead on a cruise ship and no one knows why. Apparently, Michael Moses Ward was an iconic figure from the movement, and his death is sudden and hurtful to hear about. But when you investigate the MOVE bombing and see that the police actually dropped a bomb on a residential area, it’s hard to swallow. The police really do seem to have a problem with black people. Read on:
Authorities still have no details about the death Michael Moses Ward, 41, known as Birdie Africa when he survived the 1985 MOVE bombing in Philadelphia. Ward was found dead last Friday in the hot tub aboard a Carnival Cruise Lines ship to the Caribbean.
Ward became a national symbol of the unconscionable actions of the Philadelphia police and fire departments, which ended a daylong armed confrontation with members of the radical MOVE group by dropping a bomb on the group’s fortified rowhouse in West Philadelphia.
The bomb sparked a blaze that killed 11 people, including five children, and destroyed 61 homes, leaving 250 people homeless, because city officials allowed the fire to burn.
Michael Ward, known in the group as Birdie Africa, was the only child to survive the bombing, which killed his mother, Rhonda Africa. Naked, with second and third-degree burns covering his body as he was carried away, 13-year-old Birdie Africa became an iconic symbol of the catastrophe on Osage Avenue.