Black August ”is a month of divine meaning, of repression and radical resistance, of injustice and divine justice; of repression and righteous rebellion; of individual and collective efforts to free the slaves and break the chains that bind us”. -Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Started in 1979 by Black political prisoners in the California penal system to honor fallen freedom fighters: George and Jonathan Jackson, Khatari Gaulden, James McClain, William Christmas and the lone survivor of the] Marion Courthouse Rebellion, Ruchell Cinque Magee. During the month, We fast, study and train daily and commit ourselves to fighting for our freedom.
Black August Hip-Hop Project:
The Black August Hip-Hop Project is a celebration of Hip-Hop and our freedom fighters. It is a global event that was produced in NYC, Cuba & South Africa between the years 1998 - 2010. The project raised thousands of dollars for US Political Prisoners, but more importantly utilized Hip-Hop culture at its purest form to raise the Hip-Hop generation’s consciousness and awareness about the existence of political prisoners in the United States as well as the liberation movement they championed.
The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement:
The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement is an organization of Afrikans in America/New Afrikans whose mission is to defend the human rights of our people and promote self-determination in our community. We understand that the collective institutions of white-supremacy, patriarchy and capitalism have been at the root of our people’s oppression. We understand that without community control and without the power to determine our own lives, we will continue to fall victim to genocide. Therefore, we seek to heighten our consciousness about self-determination as a human right and a solution to our colonization. While organizing around our principles of unity, we are building a network of Black/New Afrikan activists and organizers committed to the protracted struggle for the liberation of the New Afrikan Nation – By Any Means Necessary!
The Movement for Black Lives:
The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) formed in December of 2014, was created as a space for Black organizations across the country to debate and discuss the current political conditions, develop shared assessments of what political interventions were necessary in order to achieve key policy, cultural and political wins, convene organizational leadership in order to debate and co-create a shared movement wide strategy. Under the fundamental idea that we can achieve more together than we can separately.