BLACK AUGUST: “LONG LIVE GEORGE AND JONATHAN JACKSON!!!”

31 08 2008

On this last day of August, I felt it was only right to commemorate Black August. I think there’s different understandings of its the origins. From my own understanding, Black August started as a way to honor the life of George Jackson and his brother, Jonathan Jackson. I think its extended to honor all Black freedom fighters who have been murdered and locked up. I’ll break down the basics on George and Jonathan’s death. Jonathon was killed during an attempt to break his brother out of jail on Aug. 7, 1970. George was later murdered by prison guards around the same time in the next year on Aug. 21, 1971 in an alleged escape attempt. It would take too long to explain all the intricate details of their lives so I figure it would be better you hear it from the oral history project that was put out on the origins of the prison movement.

LISTEN HERE!

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SUGGESTED READING:

Blood in my Eye

Soledad Brother

Resources:

PARC (Prison Activist Resource Center)

RECOMMENDED LISTENING:

This is actually a cover of Bob Dylan’s song “George Jackson”, written a few months after George’s Assassination. Sorry kids, I like the Steel Pulse version better.

And below is an original song by Steel Pulse about George.

Nas also did a song dedicated to George and Jonathon but I feel that it doesn’t really say much to honor them but I’ll post it anyway.

NAS: TESTIFY (from the “Untitled” album)

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