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“A month of meaning, of repression and radical resistance, of injustice and divine justice.” - Mumia Abu-Jamal
This orientation package is a basic reference and resource guide to Black August. Within it you will find an outline of the profound significance of this month in the struggle for Black/New Afrikan self- determination and independence. Black August is a month that has shaped our liberation struggle un- like any other. Black August is a month of Action; repressive action and Revolutionary action. Action that has elevated and transformed our consciousness of ourselves as a self-determining people. Black August is a month of Freedom Fighters. Sisters and Brothers like Dutty Boukman, Gabriel Prosser, Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, Jonathan Jackson, George Jackson, and Khatari Gaulden; Warriors who told no lies and claimed no easy victories!
Black August is a month of Struggle – a struggle very much alive today. The condition of the New Afrikan masses is worse now than it was 30 or 40 years ago. Over 1,000,000 New Afrikans are now held in concentration camps (prisons) throughout the united prison states. Over 2 million more are either on probation, parole, or some other form of state supervision – and the numbers are growing! New Afrikan people now comprise the largest AIDS infected population in north america. Add to that the struggle against environmetal racism, the prison industrial complex, police terror and occupation of our communities, and the continual struggle for decent food, clothes, shelter, health care, and edu- cation and you see clearly that our struggle for self-determination is very much alive today. WE got a struggle to wage and plenty of work to do to win it!
We honor our ancestors and our fallen freedom fighters by knowing this history, passing it on, and ob- serving the principles outlined in its commemoration. Please read this material diligently and carefully. Share it with your family, friends and comrades, and inspire them with this knowledge to continue the struggle. Victory is certain, only if we make it certain.
Tell No Lies. Claim No Easy Victories!
Produced by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement in 2005.