BHM Quotes Day Ten

by Love & Struggle Team

Celebrate Black Excellence!

In Black History Month 2021, let us never forget the resilience of Black folks to “still be here” to forge an existence in a land that never wanted them. We thank Dr. Carter G. Woodson for creating “Negro History Week” in 1926 which later grew into Black History Month. We must always lift up our past, reflect on the lessons learned as a people and fight for the liberation of the Universal Black Family here in the United States.

Each day of this month, we will provide a Black History Month Quote for the restoration of the collective mind, body and spirit of the Black Masses.

…did I colonize, kidnap, make war on myself, destroy my own institutions, enslave myself, use myself and neglect myself, steal my identity and, then, being reduced to nothing, invent a competitive economy knowing that I cannot compete? Sounds very foolish, but this is what you propose when you place the blame on me or “us”. It was a fool who created this monster, one unaccustomed to power and its use, a foolish man grown heady and make drunk, dizzy drunk from the hot air that inflates his ego. I am his victim, born innocent, a product of my surroundings. Everything that I am, I developed into because of circumstantial and situational pressures. I was born knowing nothing; necessity and environment formed me, and everyone like me.

George Jackson
Black Revolutionary, Author, Prison Abolitionist
& Black Panther Party Member

In 1970, George Jackson published Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson, a combination of autobiography and manifesto addressed to an African American audience. The book became a bestseller and earned Jackson personal fame. Blood in my Eye, his second book, was completed days before his death on August 21, 1971 when he was killed during an alleged attempted prison escape from the San Quentin Prison in California.

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