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BLACK PERSPECTIVE, BLACK POWER IN BHM FEBRUARY

We represent Africa and Black America with pride.

Any fascism and anti-Black racism is unwelcome. Open to new information or correction!

MARCH | APRIL


FEBRUARY 1: RECAP/WHAT'S NEXT?

Africa's current political climate, cultural icons in Black America and deification of problematic behavior's effect for women.

Why only love when we're silent?

FEBRUARY 1: INDIVIDUAL'S IMPACT

Mumia Abu Jamal shared his compassionate wisdom with students at Antioch College 20 years ago.

 Commemorate his words and uplift an activist who has fought the legal system for a chance at freedom since Black Panther Party, the first day of BHM.

FEBRUARY 2: BLACK RADICAL TRADITION

LibCom's clutch 550-page PDF is a revolutionary roadmap to Combahee River Collective, the Black Panthers' and Revolutionary Action Movement's Programs, manifestos by Frances M. Beal, the Puerto Rican Revolutionary Workers and so much more that I'm still committing to memory.

FEBRUARY 2: REVOLUTION'S DRUMS

Did you know that ifa, taman and other drums "spoke" across vast distances in Africa and carried revolutionary messages through their pitchs and polyrhythms?

This practice was banned by colonial overseers, but we have ancestral recall.

FEBRUARY 4: SUSTENANCE

We have a path behind and before us that includes pain, loss, failure, discomfort with our selves. We messed up.

Our heroes messed up. Our oppressors created a global crisis still in effect.

And yet everyone shows up to do the work anyway. That's revolution.

Personal power lies in loving ourselves enough despite the errors, delving through accountability and problematic behavior so we can thrive.

Stay true to justice. Find your lifelong sustenance.

FEBRUARY 7: MALCOLM X'S LAST SPEECH (DETROIT, VALENTINE'S DAY 1965)

"In your struggle it's like standing on a revolving wheel: you're running, but you're not going anywhere.

You run faster and faster and the wheel just goes faster and faster.

You don't ever leave the spot that you're standing in. So, it is very important for you and me to see that the only way that our problem is going to be solved, it has to be with a solution that will benefit the masses, not the upper class—so-called "upper class."

FEBRUARY 10: MALCOLM X TALKS TO YOUTH

"...Here in this country, it has been my own observation that when you get into a conversation on racism and discrimination and segregation.

You will find young people are more incensed over it, they feel more filled with an urge to eliminate it."

FEBRUARY 17: WISE WORDS

FEBRUARY 19: HIP-HOP AND SOCIAL COMMENTARY

We don't just stan Public Enemy, Queen Latifah and The Coup over here.

This is a basic hip-hop compilation bio about thought-provoking rappers throughout the eras. Lil' Nas X will be there soon!

FEBRUARY 20: PUBLIC ENEMY

Hip-hop history is remiss without the MC's who bum-rushed the show: Public Enemy (yeah, boiii!).