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Black History Month

"If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated,” said Carter G. Woodson.

Carter G. Woodson, an African-American historian, began the U.S. Black History Week in 1926 to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln on Feb. 12 and Frederick Douglass on Feb. 14.

In the heady days of movements globally, the Black United Students at Kent State University expanded Black History Week to Black History Month in 1969.

It has become the anniversary of Malcolm X's assassination and the month when a Black child, Trayvon Martin, was brutally killed by George Zimmerman in 2012.

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Learning from the Past, Fighting for the Future

 

How Racial Justice Movements Are Redefining Black Masculinity

As the echo chamber of mainstream media commentators tried to make sense of the murder using racist and outdated notions of Black masculinity, waves of indignant protesters hit the streets, not just in Ferguson, but all over the country. The protesters, correctly pointing out that the real issue at hand is the violent white supremacist police state, have since created a new era of racial justice movements that are radically redefining Black masculinity. ​​​​​READ MORE

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Legacy

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy is often misrepresented, co-opted and misused for non-radical and downright reactionary purposes. But King left a subversive trail, filled with anti-racist, anti-capitalist and anti-war positions. It is precisely because King began speaking out against these ills simultaneously that he was finally gunned down in 1968. teleSUR takes a look at King's history and his radical progression. READ MORE

50 Years of Black Struggle

Stokely Carmichael is most often remembered as an outspoken revolutionary whose Black Power call, issued on June 16, 1966, supposedly “wrecked” the peaceful civil rights movement by calling for militant Black self-defense and a denunciation of U.S. imperialism overseas. teleSUR takes a look at some of those who fought under the slogan of Black Power against the inherently anti-Black, racist nature of U.S. capitalism. READ MORE

Black Lives Matter Globally

The United Nations, which declared the decade beginning with 2015 for “People of African Descent,” estimates that there are approximately 200 million people that identify as of African descent in the Americas and millions more in other parts of the world outside of the African continent. READ MORE

African Revolutionary Fighters

 

Malcolm X's Struggle for Black Liberation

Malcolm’s life spans nearly four decades of personal struggle, trailblazing organizing and a tremendous sense of internationalism with oppressed people around the world. READ MORE

His prose, revolutionary theories, and martyrdom inspired elegies from Bob Dylan and Ja Rule, Archie Shepp and Steel Pulse, and a prison reform movement that triggered the 1971 uprising at the Attica Correctional Facility.

A Relentless Will to Win: George Jackson and African Resistance

Black August is an annual celebration of the African revolutionary struggle in the Americas. The pivotal figure behind the marking of the event was George Jackson, the unremarkable teenager who went on to become one of the most celebrated political prisoners in history, and an internationally-renowned author whose prison writings have been studied across the world. READ MORE

George Jackson: 45 Years Ago, They Shot Him Down

August 21 will mark the 45th anniversary of the execution of George Jackson. Many of the strategies and tactics that he and his fellow comrades employed in the late 60s and early 70s were used by prisoners at Pelican Bay, Corcoran and other California prisons in the recent uprisings in California prisons. READ MORE

The Underground Railroad: Gritty, Revolutionary, Awash in Guns

This narrative rebuts the romanticized, fairy-tale image of terrified fugitive slaves and abolitionists trembling behind a tree while softly humming redemptive spirituals. And moreover, it shines a light on the common denominator that linked virtually every iconic leader of Black revolutionary movements, from Harriet Tubman to Nelson Mandela to Huey Newton: They were packing heat. READ MORE

Forgotten Histories

 

The Untold Story of the Black Radical Tradition in Canada

Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali looks back on the develop of Black radical organizations in Canada. READ MORE

Al Prentice 'Bunchy' Carter Would Have Rode with Nat Turner

Unlike Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver and George Jackson, Carter has almost been forgotten from the history of Africans in America. READ MORE

Combating Anti-Blackness

 

9 Critical Points on Anti-Blackness, Immigration and Why Latinxs Must Shut It Down Too

As long as anti-Blackness exists, structurally and interpersonally, and Black people are targeted for murder, Latinxs will never, ever be free. Beyond just solidarity work with Black communities, non-Black Latinx also have a personal and collective stake in eradicating anti-Blackness. We must learn from and follow the courage and interventions of the Movement for Black Lives. READ MORE

How to Prepare for the 'Trumpocalypse': Notes from an Organizer

teleSUR spoke with longtime activist and organizer Kali Akuno about the critical first steps in organizing resistance to Trump’s "neo-Confederacy." Akuno is currently the co-director of Cooperation Jackson, a network of worker cooperatives fighting to create economic democracy in Jackson, Mississippi. READ MORE

Ferguson, Internal Colonialism, and Self-Determination

Black Americans aren't just an oppressed racial group, but an internal colony, whose formation was grounded in the institutions of European settler-colonialism and slavery. READ MORE

 
  • Many Black Lives Matters protesters were present and expressed their rejection for the two-party system that protects the impunity of killer police officers amidst heavy rain fall as they gathered outside the site of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania July 25, 2016.

    Many Black Lives Matters protesters were present and expressed their rejection for the two-party system that protects the impunity of killer police officers amidst heavy rain fall as they gathered outside the site of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania July 25, 2016. | Photo Reuters

  • Bobby Seale (L) and Huey Newton (R) co-founded the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense in 1966.

    Bobby Seale (L) and Huey Newton (R) co-founded the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense in 1966. | Photo Archive

  • Black Lives Matter contingent of queer and trans people of color disrupt the 2015 North Carolina Pride Parade.

    Black Lives Matter contingent of queer and trans people of color disrupt the 2015 North Carolina Pride Parade. | Photo Reuters

  • The #BlackLivesMatter movement has become a major player in U.S. politics and is seen as a continuation of the Black Power legacy

    The #BlackLivesMatter movement has become a major player in U.S. politics and is seen as a continuation of the Black Power legacy's demands for dignified treatment, living conditions, and an end to police abuse and impunity. A protester picks up a tear gas canister to throw back towards police as demonstrations continue over the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on August 17, 2014. | Photo Reuters

  • A protestor holds a poster of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a former black nationalist and public radio reporter who is serving life in prison for the 1981 murder of a Philadelphia police officer.

    A protestor holds a poster of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a former black nationalist and public radio reporter who is serving life in prison for the 1981 murder of a Philadelphia police officer. | Photo Reuters

  • Protests in Ferguson against police brutality.

    Protests in Ferguson against police brutality. | Photo Reuters

  • On May 2, 1967, Black Panthers amassed at the Capitol in Sacramento brandishing guns to protest a bill before an Assembly committee restricting the carrying of arms in public. Self-defense was a key part of the Panthers

    On May 2, 1967, Black Panthers amassed at the Capitol in Sacramento brandishing guns to protest a bill before an Assembly committee restricting the carrying of arms in public. Self-defense was a key part of the Panthers' agenda. This was an early action, a year after their founding. | Photo AFP

  • The past years have seen a resurgence of activism among Black communities in the United States.

    The past years have seen a resurgence of activism among Black communities in the United States. | Photo EFE

  • Harriet Tubman was a revolutionary anti-slavery activist who fought against the unionist in the American Civil War. Operating as a spy and

    Harriet Tubman was a revolutionary anti-slavery activist who fought against the unionist in the American Civil War. Operating as a spy and | Photo Reuters

  • The release of the video showing former police Jason Van Dyke killing Laquan McDonald sparked public outrage.

    The release of the video showing former police Jason Van Dyke killing Laquan McDonald sparked public outrage. | Photo AFP

  • The release of the video showing former police Jason Van Dyke killing Laquan McDonald sparked public outrage.

    The release of the video showing former police Jason Van Dyke killing Laquan McDonald sparked public outrage. | Photo AFP

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