Kuwasi Balagoon was a (December 22, 1946 – Died: December 13, 1986) participant in the Black Liberation struggle from the 1960s. A member of the Black Panther Party and defendant in the infamous Panther 21 case, Balagoon went underground with the Black Liberation Army (BLA). Balagoon was unusual for his time in that he combined anarchism with Black nationalism, broke the rules of sexual and political conformity, took up arms against the white supremacist State — all the while never shying away from critiquing the movements’s weaknesses.
Balagoon was captured and convicted of various crimes against the State, he spent much of the 1970s in prison, escaping twice. He died of an AIDS-related illness on December 13, 1986.