Posted by Tyra Fennell in Arts & Economic Development, Blog, Kommunity Kiki, Politics, Tyra's World on February 2, 2016
“The fight for civil rights must be fought and won by each generation.”
Photos from civil rights movements are often dominated by images of African American Baby Boomers including Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. This generation of freedom fighters, born between 1946 and 1964, created the contemporary paradigm for civil disobedience and protest strategies that are still being utilized today, influencing a shift in the global socio-political landscape. African Americans should be afforded special acknowledgement for their contributions to the movement, particularly because of our unique position within American history through middle passage to slavery to Jim Crow to the modern civil rights era in the 1960s and now fighting through the fog launched during the “war on drugs” and losing our men to the prison industrial complex, which had a monumental, negative impact on the Black family. Our journey within American history has been a grind and though progress has been made, the work is not yet done.
#BLACKFUTURISM #BLACKFUTURE #BLACKTOTHEFUTURE
As we launch into Black History month, it is important to recognize a new crop of freedom fighters on the horizon, armed with lessons from the past as well as additional tools such as technology and a no f*&ks attitude. These millennials are able to aggressively fast track their message and demands to the world. The concept of Black Future Month was created by one of them.
“It is important that we empower the Black community with the use of artistic, collective visualization. It is important that Black people are able to see themselves in the future and not just as people who have lived through centuries of struggle.
The Third Street Art Market space in the Bayview is perfect because we are able to design programs that show the future of what a Black utopia looks like including Black wealth, Black art and Black love. Through the programs, we are aiming to build a tribe of people who are seeking to dismantle the system by creating a new one by taking the lessons of the past and celebrates the future of our community.”
-Etecia Brown, Black Love Festival Co-Founder
Join Imprint.City, the Bayview Opera House, the Bayview Underground Food Scene and curator Danielle Satinover lead by Black Love Festival co-founders, Etecia Brown and China Marchae to usher in a new vision of Black Futurism with the launch of #Blackfuturemonth on Saturday, February 6th at the Third Street Art Market, followed by other fun filled interactive workshops and events throughout the month such as a community art night, a natural hair panel, workshop on self defense and knowing your civil rights, yoga and meditation experiences as well as a celebration of queers of color and their contribution to Black futurism.
Join us for the month of February as we reclaim our future. Click here for details. Happy Black Future! #blacklivesmatter