Black August


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 38 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.

Khatari Gaulden was a prominent leader of the Black Guerilla Family (BGF) after Comrade George was assassinated at San Quentin Prison in 1978 to eliminate his leadership and destroy the resistance movement.

Black August is a time to embrace the principles of unity, self-sacrifice, political education, physical training and resistance.

In the late 1970's the observance and practice of Black August left the prisons of California and began being practiced by Black/New Afrikan revolutionaries throughout the country.

Traditionally, Black August is a time to study history, particularly our history in the North American Empire. The first Afrikans were brought to Jamestown as slaves in August of 1619, so August is a month during which Blacks/New Afrikans can reflect on our current situation and our self-determining rights. Many have done that in their respective time periods. In 1843, Henry Highland Garnett called a general slave strike on August 22. The Underground Railroad was started on August 2, 1850. The March on Washington occurred in August of 1963, Gabriel Prosser's 1800 slave rebellion occurred on August 30 and Nat Turner planned and executed a slave rebellion that commenced on August 21, 1831. The Watts rebellions were in August of 1965. On August 18, 1971 the Provisional Government of the Republic of New Afrika (RNA) was raided by Mississippi police and FBI agents. The MOVE family was bombed by Philadelphia police on August 8, 1978. Further, August is a time of birth. Dr. Mutulu Shakur (political prisoner & prisoner of war), Pan-Africanist Black Nationalist Leader Marcus Garvey, Maroon Russell Shoatz (political prisoner) and Chicago BPP Chairman Fred Hampton were born in August. August is also a time of rebirth, W.E.B. Dubois died in Ghana on August 27, 1963.

The tradition of fasting during Black August teaches self-discipline. On August 31, a People's feast is held and the fast is broken.

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Book List for Black August

1. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford and Kadir Nelson

2. The Confessions of Nat Turner by Nat Turner

3. Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey by Marcus Garvey

4. The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. DuBois

5. The Black Power: The Politics of Liberation by Kwame Ture and C V Hamilton

6. Ready for Revolution by Stokely Carmichael 

7. Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson by George Jackson

8. Blood in My Eye by George Jackson

9. Angela Davis: Autobiography by Angela Y Davis

10. Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur

11. To Die for the People by Huey P Newton

12. Seize the Time: The Story of the Black Panther Party by Bobby Seale

13. We Want Freedom: A Life in the Black Panther Party by Mumia Abu-Jamal 

14. The Assassination of Fred Hampton by Jeffrey Haas

15.  Cointelpro: The FBI's Secret War on Political Freedom


The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey by Marcus Garvey and Amy Jacques Garvey

Message to the People by Marcus Garvey 

Are Prisons Obsolete by Angela Y Davis

Revolutionary Suicide by Huey P Newton

Live from Death Row by Mumia Abu-Jamal

The Classroom and the Cell by Mumia Abu-Jamal

Still Black, Still Strong by Dhoruba Bin Wahad

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Racial Matters: The FBI's Secret File on Black America, 1960-1972

Agents of Repression: The FBI's Secret Wars Against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian …







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