Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Mis-Educated/Black August

"History shows that it does not matter who is in power... those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend soley on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they did in the beginning." ~ Dr. Carter G. Woodson

As I continue to read the Mis-Education of the Negro, I am weighed down with the thought on how much history has been plagiarized and held back from us. As much as I speak on permanent issues that face us today... there is a lot about our past as a people that I still don't know. There is a horrific need for a national curriculum of inclusion. If we don't know who we are, our community will continue on rolling down hill. I tell my youth group all of the time, "the blood that runs through your veins is strong. Our ancestors were the strong ones that survive being captured from Africa and brought over to America under harsh measures. They over came slavery and fought during the civil rights movement. We must continue their legacy."

I have to take this book in waves. This book could have been published yesterday, instead of 1933. We are still Mis-Educated! Well.. at least I am.

I wanted to share with y'all some news that was just announce, the 8th Annual Black August Benefit Concert will be held on August 7th at the BB Kings Night Club Mos Def, Smif-n-wesson, DJ Evil Dee are donating their talents to promote HIV/AIDS prevention awareness. I know it's during prideinthecity, but if you want something different to do.. check this out. I'll be there!

Black August is a political project of The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement that celebrates Hip-Hop culture and pays tribute to black freedom fighters.


Black August originated in the California penal system to honor fallen Freedom Fighters, Jonathan Jackson, George Jackson, William Christmas, James McClain and Khatari Gaulden. Jonathan Jackson was gunned down outside the Marin County California courthouse on August 7, 1970 as he attempted to liberate three imprisoned Black Liberation Fighters: James McClain, William Christmas and Ruchell Magee. Ruchell Magee is the sole survivor of that armed liberation attempt. He is the former co-defendant of Angela Davis and has been locked down for 40 years, most of it in solitary confinement. George Jackson was assassinated by prison guards during a Black prison rebellion at San Quentin on August 21, 1971. Three prison guards were also killed during that rebellion and prison officials charged six Black and Latino prisoners with the death of those guards. These six brothers became known as the San Quentin Six.

The brothers who participated in the collective founding of Black August wore black armbands on their left arm and studied revolutionary works, focusing on the works of George Jackson. The brothers did not listen to the radio or watch television in August. Additionally, they didn't eat or drink anything from sun-up to sundown; and loud and boastful behavior was not allowed. The brothers did not support the prison's canteen. The use of drugs and alcoholic beverages was prohibited and the brothers held daily exercises, because during Black August, emphasis is placed on sacrifice, fortitude and discipline. Black August is a time to embrace the principles of unity, self-sacrifice, political education, physical training and resistance.

Feed your mind and check out the site. www.blackaugust.com



At 3:20 PM, Blogger Quaheem said...

I certianly do believe that we as Black people must begin to subscribe to some tangible means of self-help within our communities...A "mis-educated" people will never be in any position of leverage as it pertains to the aquisition of equal rights in our society...

But the question I would ask is WHEN can we expect a "new movement" of folks aimed at self improvement?...Where is it going to come from? Are we as a people so entangled in consumer culture that we cannot readily identify the ways in which we are being "mid-educated"? How can we in our individual lives make a contribution for the betterment of the whole?...In what ways is society responsible for the state of our collective being and in what ways are WE responsible?

I SOOOOO Love this post man...

You are right on target....

At 3:46 PM, Blogger SmilingOnThaDL said...

Brother Quaheem,

You've asked some very significant question that needs some answers. Here are my thoughts...

I think a new wave of folks has already begun. There are many progressive groups that are out fighting, teaching and advocating for our community such as the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. I think the church needs to be in front of this movement. But, that's a whole other post.

I feel, what I call, "knowledge of self,” is extremely important. That breaks down the need for education. I believe the individual movements starts on the grassroots level. As much as I want to assist on the National front, I must begin with helping my local brothers and sisters out. The greatest step toward helping someone is personally teaching him or her.

We must re-energize our oldest national civil rights organizations (NAACP and the National Urban League); they have a strong ability to change our consumer culture by influencing the people that represents us every single day (the athletes, rappers, singers, elected officials, appointed officials, fortune 500 executives.) Our spending power is worth billions, imagine what we can do if it was kept within our community.

I think we, as socially conscious black people are responsible in stepping up to the plate and bring our collective being to a higher level. I don’t have my stuff together… but as I climb towards achievement, I’m lifting brothers and sisters on my back with me. That’s my start.

At 12:46 AM, Blogger Holiday N said...

I am absolutely loving both this post and the comments made by you and quaheem.I come across very shallow but my blog is only part of me and not to be taken as the entire ME.
Growing up bi-racial and looking much more like my white mother than my dark skinned father(down to my green eyes)and going to what you might as well say was an all white school left me in a very confused position of who the hell was I? So I started to favor my white side and really cloak my blackness and even did not want my father coming to events at school,my guess was not for fear of what the kids would say but more of fear that his presence would remind me that I was also black and somehow not like my rich white friends.My dad did not get mad,he educated me about my black roots and The Mis-Education was one of the books he had me read.I love him for that and I think black parents should make their kids read that book.
Anyone that has read my blog would think I am the epitome of mis-educated,but I feel as long as I have that foundation of knowing about my people's history,trying to make positive moves on our present and doing something to ensure a future,that other part of me:the rich girl,the seemingly shallow chick,the "slave" to consumer culture,etc...is just that,a part.


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