Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers Remembers Black August and Baba Ngoma.....
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on Ning at http://malcolmxdrummersanddancers.ning.comBlack August originated in the concentration camps of California 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 rebellion. He is the former co-defendant of Angela Davis and has been locked down for 40 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. To honor these fallen soldiers the brothers who participated in the collective founding of Black August wore black armbands on their left arm and studied revolutionary works, focusing on the works of George Jackson.Black August is a month of great significance for Africans throughout the diaspora, but particularly here in the U.S. where it originated. "August," as Mumia Abu-Jamal noted, "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."Further Reading
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_AugustHeritage Gallery International Museum,Archives Visual and Performing Arts Center presents the 95th Anniversary Celebration of the UNIA - ACL and Celebrating the life and Earth-Day of Master Drummer Baba NgomaSunday, August 2, 2009
3pm - 6pm
Malcolm X Park
16th & Euclid Streets, NW
Washington, DCBaba Ngoma, Father Drum. As mentor, model and teacher to youth and young adults in Washington DC, he was an inspiration to many young people and drummers of all age. Baba Ngoma exposed children to the language of the drum, bringing out their God given genius expressed through rhythm and dance. Baba Ngoma traveled to Pipestone, MN to offer his drumming to Native American sun dancers.He has selflessly served the community for more than 40 years. Baba N'goma has taught the young and the old, and performed at many celebrations. He has shared the rhythms and songs of our African ancestors at countless programs, weddings and rituals throughout the international community. He sadly transitioned on March 15, 2008.Please come out and support this wonderful event. Hope to see you there!Respectfully yours,
Doc Powell, Founder of Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers
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