During Black August we celebrate individuals who have dedicated (and sacrificed) their lives for our equality and freedom. We take this month to study (and educate others about) rebellion and resistance. We acknowledge the struggle of Afrikan/black liberation leaders, highlighting the actions of revolutionaries in the United States, and we ensure that their legacy lives on.
Black August originated in honor of the San Quentin Six. Founders of Black August wore black wrist bands during the entire month and focused on studying the accomplishments of black revolutionaries. People who celebrate Black August fast from 6am to 8pm (sunrise to sunset) and refrain from supporting any corporate entities. This means no shopping, no television, no radio, no partying. All actions made during Black August should promote education, unity, respect, fortitude, self-sacrifice and discipline.
We advocate for the freedom of all political prisoners (many individuals are still imprisoned from the 60s and 70s for being leaders in the black liberation movement…guilty of no crime at all) and we remember those who were murdered for wanting better for our community.
I encourage everyone to commemorate all freedom fighters during this month by educating yourself and others about various black liberation movements and by paying homage to our unsung heroes. We take this month to remember those that our enemy would like us to forget. We take time to honor those who were assassinated, exiled and imprisoned for fighting to obtain basic human rights for all Afrikan people.
We salute everyone who has ever sacrificed anything for our collective freedom.
No justice, No peace.