BLACK AUGUST FAST

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 BEGINNING  TUESDAY, AUGUST 1ST AND ENDING THURSDAY, AUGUST 31ST

 

On August 1, 2017 Black Communities nationwide will be hosting Night Out for Safety and Liberation events in their neighborhoods. As a component, we are calling Black people of all social, political, and spiritual persuasions to participate in a month-long fast.

Our purpose: To deepen our understanding and to strengthen our solidarity in the ongoing struggle for the collective safety and liberation of our people.

HISTORY

Black 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.

FAST

The tradition of fasting during Black August teaches self-discipline. A conscious fast is in effect FROM SUNRISE TO SUNSET (or suggested from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm), this includes refraining from drinking water or liquids and eating food of any kind during that period. Some other personal sacrifice can be made as well. The sundown meal is traditionally shared whenever possible among comrades. On August 31, a People’s Feast is held and the fast is broken. Black August fasting should serve as a constant reminder of the conditions our people have faced and still confront. Fasting is uncomfortable at times, but it is helpful to remember all those who have come and gone before us, Ni Nkan Mase, if we stand tall, it is because we stand on the shoulders of many ancestors.

References:
The Original Black August Organizing Committee
The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement

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