As leader of the Indianapolis Black Panther Militia in the 1990s, Mmoja Ajabu bred hate and anger in the name of social justice. When his son was convicted in a horrific murder, he incurred the wrath of the entire city. Now, Ajabu returns to prominence.
From Indianapolis, one of the nation’s biggest trucking cities, comes Charci Thomas, one of its most improbable drivers. Having driven almost 1 million miles in her career, this petite pedal-pusher has hauled everything from cat food to caviar. Who better to take me on an eight-day, 5,000-mile, 18-wheel odyssey across America?
The record shows that four decades ago, a wayward boy quit basketball at IU, then at another school. But that’s only part of the story. Larry Bird’s decision to walk away from the game didn’t just become the stuff of legend—it set him on the path to become one.
She was 52, homeless, and cancer-stricken. A group of devoted strangers vowed that she would not die alone. And then something miraculous happened. One woman’s beautiful, strange, and troubling final days.