Topic and Guest: Assessing Black Lives Matter as a Movement or Moment. As look back at the killing of Michael Brown on August 9 last year and the ensuing uprising in Ferguson and beyond, we are reminded what this month means by Mumia Abu-Jamal who states that "August is a month of meaning, of repression and radical resistance, of injustice and divine justice; of repression and righteous rebellion; of individual and collective efforts to free the slaves and break the chains that bind us." The commemoration of Black August began at California’s San Quentin State Prison in August 1979. Black August honors prison protests and other events associated with the struggle for freedom of African people: in a prison uprising on August 21, 1971 the killing of Black Panther leader George Jackson; the slave rebellion led by Nat Turner on August 21, 1831; and the beginning of the Haitian revolution on August 21, 1791. Joining Africa Now! to discuss Assessing Black Lives Matter as a Movement or Moment is Ms. Nicole C. Lee, Esq., Human Rights Lawyer/Activist, Co-founder of the Black Movement Law Project and immediate Past President of TransAfrica.
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