Jul 31, 2023
Discovering Black August
Week 1: Commemorating a Legacy of Resistance
Join us in August as we embark on a transformative journey of remembrance, education, and empowerment. Black August, a significant commemoration within the African American community, offers a profound opportunity to delve into a history of resilience and resistance. In this blog post, we will explore the origins and significance of Black August, shedding light on the stories and struggles that have shaped this powerful month.
→ Week 1: Historical Context
Black August was born out of the political and social climate of the 1970s. This was a time of great upheaval and change for the Black community in the United States. The Civil Rights Movement had achieved some major victories, but there was still a long way to go in the fight for equality. The Black Panther Party was at the forefront of this struggle, and its members were often targeted by law enforcement. In August 1971, George Jackson, a prominent Black Panther leader, was killed in San Quentin State Prison. His death was a major blow to the Black community, and it galvanized the movement for Black liberation.
→ The Birth of Black August
In the wake of George Jackson's death, Black prisoners in California prisons began to organize a series of protests and demonstrations. These protests were met with harsh repression by prison officials, but they also helped to raise awareness of the plight of Black prisoners. In 1979, Black prisoners in San Quentin State Prison declared August to be Black August. This month of remembrance would be dedicated to honoring the sacrifices of Black prisoners and activists, and to continuing the fight for Black liberation.
→ The Symbolism of Resistance
The choice of August as the month of Black August is significant. August is a month that is rich in history for the Black community. It is the month of the Haitian Revolution, which was a major victory for Black people in their fight against slavery. It is also the month of the Nat Turner slave rebellion, which was a major uprising against slavery in the United States. These historical events are a reminder of the long and bloody struggle that Black people have faced in their fight for freedom. Black August is a time to reflect on these struggles, and to recommit ourselves to the fight for liberation.
By delving into the origins of Black August, we lay the groundwork for a month of deep exploration and understanding. As we commemorate the legacy of resistance, we acknowledge the struggles of our ancestors and honor their sacrifices. Join us in Week 2 as we shine a spotlight on the inspiring individuals who have shaped the narrative of Black August.