Saturday, July 11, 2009

black august 2009 schedule of events


Aug1st, Sat. 5 – 8pm
George Jackson documentary with discussion Featuring Elaine Brown and Kumasi
Nation House
770 Park Rd NW, Washington DC
Showing of the film “Death of a Revolutionary”, followed by discussion with Elaine Brown of the original Black Panther Party and Kumasi, historian of the Black August Organizing Committee, who was a comrade of George Jackson and one of the founders of Black August.
Aug 2nd, Sun. 4 – 7pm
Black August 30th Anniversary… Where to From Here?
Peoples’ MEDIA Center
4132 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC
This will be a follow up discussion from the night before. It will be an opportunity for all voices to be heard. Our featured guests, Elaine Brown and Kumasi, will share with the group their ideas and vision on how the struggle can be moved forward. Far from a lecture, participation in a discussion from those in attendance will be encouraged.
Aug 8th, Sat. Noon – 7pm
Tupac Shakur: Shadow Revolutionary
Maya Angelou Public Charter School
1851 9th St NW (9th & T), Washington, DC
On the birthday of Dr. Mutulu Shakur, we will feature this conference which will discuss his history as a revolutionary with the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army, as well as his circumstances as a Political Prisoner. Moreover, we will focus on his God-son, Tupac Shakur, as a Shadow Revolutionary and the evidence of him being targeted by the FBI. Participants will include John Potash, Dr. Jared Ball, Dr. Kokayi Patterson, Ameejil Whitlock, Khalil Mustafa, Daniel Bradley, and others TBA.
Aug 9th, Sun. 3 – 6pm
Book Signing and Lecture
with Flores “Fly” Forbes
Sankofa Video/Bookstore & Café
2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC
Amid the social turmoil of the 1960s and ,70s, a young man in California found his purpose in the rise of the Black Panther Party, made a deadly mistake that cost him his freedom, and ultimately got his life back, having learned the true lessons of the Buddha Samurai. By the time Flores Forbes was twenty-five years old, he had just a GED and sixty college credits to his name. But he had gone far in his chosen profession as a revolutionary. In 1977, Forbes had been in the Black Panther Party for almost a decade and had become the youngest member of the organization's central committee. In this remarkable memoir, Forbes vividly describes his transformation from an angry youth into a powerful partisan in the ranks of the black liberation movement. Disillusioned in high school by the racism in his native San Diego, he began reading Black Panther literature. Drawn to the Panthers' mission
of organizing resistance to police brutality, he eagerly joined and soon found himself immersed in a culture of Mao-inspired rigor. His dedication ultimately earned him a place in the Party's elite inner circle as assistant chief of staff, charged with heading up the "fold" -- the heavily armed military branch dubbed by Huey P. Newton the "Buddha Samurai." "My job was one of the most secretive in the party," writes Forbes, "and to this day most of the people who were in the Party over the years had not a clue as to what I really did..." With intimate portraits of such BPP leaders as Elaine Brown, Eldridge Cleaver, and Huey P. Newton, Will You Die with Me? is a riveting firsthand look at some of the most dramatic events of the last century and a brutally honest tale of one man's journey from rage to redemption.
Aug 13th , Thurs. 6:30 – 9:30pm
Lecture with Dr. Francis Cress Welsing and Dr. Neely Fuller
Possible… Not yet determined…
Aug, 22nd Sat. 9am
Part 1 of Slave Rebellion Weekend:
3rd Annual Pilgrimage to Prosser City (Richmond,VA)
Van/bus to Richmond, VA will include a tour and History of the Gabriel Prosser Revolt/Conspiracy
Aug 23rd, Sun. 3 – 6pm
Part 2 of Slave Rebellion Weekend:
Lecture with Historian CR Gibbs
Everlasting Life Health Complex at Hampton Park Shopping Center
9185 Central Ave # A, Capitol Heights, MD
CR Gibbs will present a thorough lecture on the history of Maroons including historical tidbits on Slave Resistance in the Washington Metropolitan region.
Aug 29th, Sat. 11-1pm and 130 – 3pm
Monthly Political Prisoner workshop featuring Ruchell “Cinque” Magee followed by Presentation on BAPO led Congressional Lobby efforts
Peoples’ MEDIA Center
4132 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC
Every month BAPO and the Peoples’ MEDIA Center co-sponsor a political prisoner workshop as part of a letter writing initiative. This month we will feature Ruchell Magee, sole survivor of the Marin County Court rebellion. Following the workshop, Naji Mujahid will present BAPOs plans for a congressional lobbying effort on behalf of PP/POWs.
Aug 28th – 29th
The 7th Annual Happily Natural Day in Richmond, VA
For more information visit

The BLACK AUGUST Planning Organization and Peoples MEDIA Center presents:

Monthly Political Prisoner workshops and letter writing campaign.

Every last Saturday of the month from 11am-1pm.

4132 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011 between Upshur & Taylor 3 blocks North of Petworth green line metro station. Bus #70/71/60/64

March 28, 2009: Marshall Eddie Conway & Jack Johnson

April 25, 2009: Mumia abu Jamal

May 30, 2009: Romaine “Chip” Fitzgerald

June 27, 2009: Sekou Odinga

July 25, 2009: Dr. Mutulu Shakur

Special Happy Birthday Assata Shakur (7/18)

August 29, 2009: Ruchell “Cinque” Magee

September 26, 2009: Sundiata Acoli

October 31, 2009: Imam Jamil Al-Amin

November 28, 2009: Marilyn Buck

December 26, 2009: Russell “Maroon” Shoatz

Each month we will feature a different political prisoner. Workshops will include an overview of their history and the circumstances of their captivity. Participants will be strongly encouraged to write the PP a letter following the workshop. Donations will also be accepted and sent along with the letters.

Any movement that doesn't support its political prisoners is a sham movement.”

-Ojore Lutalo

For more info:

or 202-271-7763 (BAPO), 202-722-0150(PMC)



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