Celebrating Black August!

 

Black August History

The above image of George Jackson by Santiago Armengod and the following text are from criticalresistance.org

For many of us fighting the ravages of the prison industrial complex, George Jackson is a source of inspiration and discipline. Over forty years ago, George Jackson pleaded: Settle your quarrels, come together, understand the reality of our situation, understand that fascism is already here, that people are dying who could be saved, that generations more will die or live poor butchered half-lives if you fail to act. Do what must be done, discover your humanity and your love of Revolution. Pass on the torch. Join us, give your life for the people.  On August 21,1971, Jackson was assassinated by guards at San Quentin Prison during a prison rebellion.

The month of August bursts at the seams with histories of Black resistance–from the Haitian Revolution to the Nat Turner Rebellion, from the Fugitive Slave Law Convention and the foundation of the Underground Railroad to the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, from the March on Washington to the Watts Uprising, from the births of Marcus GarveyRussell Maroon Shoatz, and Fred Hampton to the deaths of W.E.B du Bois and George Jackson’s own younger brother Jonathan killed while attempting to free the Soledad Brothers from prison.  We celebrate Black August, commemorating the anniversary of George Jackson’s death while understanding his life as a revolutionary in a long and unbroken line of resistance and sacrifice of Black people throughout history.

Black August In The Park

From BAITP:

Black Families, Black Food, Black Music. Black Community, Black Movements, Black Liberation.

Come celebrate and commemorate Black August with us at Durham Central Park. We will have music, activities for the whole familiy, feature organizations doing local, regional and national work to get us free. Black August in the Park is a space created specifically for people of the African Diaspora–their joy and healing. Whatever your Black looks like we want you to bring it to our space and be free!

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