Maroon Shoatz (August 23, 1943—December 17, 2021) was a founding member of the Black Unity Council, a member of the Black Panther Party, and a soldier in the Black Liberation Army. He was convicted for the murder of a police officer and was sentenced to 50 years in prison, in which he was placed in solitary confinement for two decades. Shoatz was arrested after the killing of a young Black child in 1970 by the Philadelphia Police Department.
He is our comrade in freedom and liberation, people like him will never die. He will always be with us.