UPDATES for this weekend's Black August program in Newark, NJ
Sis Pam Africa - Chairwoman of Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal
Bilal Sunni Ali - Freedom Fighter/Former Political Prisoner, Artist/Musician (formerly saxophonist/flutist with the legendary Gil Scott Heron and the Midnight band) spokesperson for Imam Jamil Al-Amin and Dr. Mutulu Shakur Defense and fFreedom Campaigns
Sis. Empress Phile' Chionesu (Empress Chi) - Originator/Founder of the original Million Woman March and President General of the official Million Woman Universal Movements and Black Women's Defense League
Segments of this "Black August" event will be broadcast LIVE on the
"NU Day Resurrection and Liberation" radio program heard live at www.blogtalkradio.com/empresschi
or via podcast at: 646-652-2232
10:30 pm -12midnight EST
(Please note: A special broadcast may occur earlier that day to cover some of the other events taking place related to this commemoration.. Tune in call in, and join the MOVEMENT for real power, justice, and evolution.
ALSO; Hear the new updates about the upcoming Million Woman March 2010 "Founder's Convention" featuring the installation of the first MWM "Sistah Saints"and the special "salute to Mothers, Daughters, and Sistahs of the Movement" in addition to the establishment of new MWM National Coordinating Committees for the upcoming 2012 International Summits
Additional updates will be posted on 8/20/10
"BLACK AUGUST" Its not just a concert, its a MOVEMENT!!!
Tickets are still available!!!
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Who: Newark (Area) Black August Planning Committee
Contact: TJ-973-738-2205, Tayari-973-991-4129, 0r
What: The Inaugural Black August Hip-Hop Concert/Fundraiser
When: Saturday August 21st
* 1-5pm Political Edutainment Workshop
(Politics + Education + Entertainment= Political Edutainment)
Ashanti Alston - Jericho Amnesty Movement (BPP POW)
Kalonji Changa - FTP Movement (Atlanta)
Bonnie Kerness - American Friends Service Committee/ N.J.-Phil ABCF
Ojore Lutalo - Insurgent/N.J-Phil ABCF (BLA POW)
Dhoruba Bin-Wahad - Revolutionary Analyst (BPP Political Prisoner)
Other Local Activists & Special Guests from NJ's Black Liberation Movement
* 8pm-12midnite Hip-Hop Concert/Fundraiser (See Attached Flyer)
Confirmed Artists: NY Oil, The Welfare Poets, Hakim Green (Channel
Live, Hassan Salaam, Marco Polo
Local New Jersey Artists Invited (use contacts listed above)
Where: IYO Community Center
703 S. 12th Street, Newark, N.J.
Why is there such a thing as a Black August celebration? Where did this tradition come from? When did it start and how was it celebrated originally?
The first thing we would like to state is that we commemorate Black August, not celebrate it. We don’t want people to think that it is a party or just an event. Black August is about resistance. The concept of Black August developed inside the California prisons, under the leadership of men like George Jackson, W.L. Nolan, and Khatari Gaulden, who were all murdered in California prisons. As taught to us by the OG’s (Original Guerrillas), Black August was a response to the need of Afrikan prisoners to form a principled and effective political unity to combat the racism and genocide against Afrikan people behind the walls. Black August began in 1979, one year after the murder of Khatari Gaulden. As part of Black August brothers fasted the days of the assassinations of the comrades (24-hour fast). On the other days, they fasted until sundown. Physical training and education was increased. As part of our observation and commemoration of Black August we continue that tradition til this very day. We encourage others who want to observe Black August to work out an exercise routine for each day either individually or in groups and to not use any drugs or alcoholic beverages during the entire month.
-Comrade Kalonji Changa
Black August East Coast Coordinator