In honour of Black History Month…

After spending the day reading about Kathleen Cleaver, Angela Davis, Elaine Brown and Assata Shakur in response to a post my cousin put up on Facebook, I thought it important to share some inspiring poetry from the Black Power Movement in honour of Black history month. Although I disagree with the violence and at times sexist approach used by some Black Panther members to gain respect and recognition for African American rights and freedom, I completely agree with the founding principles of the movement which are based on equality, justice and community for all the downtrodden, marginalized and oppressed people. It espoused the ideals of true freedom and revolution best put in the words of Assata Shakur in the following poem:

“[…] r/evolution means the end of exploitation. r/evolution means respecting people from other cultures. r/evolution is creative.

r/evolution means treating your mate as a friend and an equal. r/evolution is sexy.

r/evolution means respecting and learning from your children. r/evolution is beautiful.

r/evolution means protecting the people. the plants. the animals. the air. the water. r/evolution means saving this planet.

r/evolution is love.” Assata Shakur

Here are some inspiring poems by Haki Madhubuti (Don L. Lee) that remind us where we once were less we forget to cherish one other and fall prey to excessive Individualism, Colorism, Sexism, Racism and Hate.

blackwoman  by Haki Madhubuti

will define herself. naturally. will
talk/walk/live/&love her images. her
beauty will be. the only way to be is
to be. blackman take her. u don’t need
music to move; yr/movement toward her
is music. & she’ll do more than dance.

my brothers by 

my brothers i will not tell you
who to love or not love
i will only say to you
Black women have not been
loved enough.

i will say to you
we are at war & that
Black men in america are
being removed from the
like loose sand in a wind storm
and that the women Black are
three to each of us.

my brothers i will not tell you
who to love or not love
i will make you aware of our
self hating and hurting ways.
make you aware of whose bellies
you dropped from.
i will glue your ears to those images
you reflect which are not being


Wadsworth Jarrell (American, born 1929). Revolutionary, 1972. Screenprint on paper, Brooklyn Museum


About radiaj

I am a Research Scientist & Bioinformatician who specializes in Immunology and Cancer Biology. I routinely use R and other programing languages to explore genomic data of cancer cells to identify molecular changes and risk factors that contributes to cancer development.
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