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Why the Black Lives Matters Movement

"For the last 8 years, the United States of America has unleashed so much hate and racism against people specifically at the hands nation's police force.  From the FLOTUS to Black children, youth, and adults, the people have suffered greatly at the hands and guns of those who are suppose to protect and serve. Our Black people have been murdered by racist and corrupt police who never once thought to simply subdue. Their every intention has been to to kill and annihilate the Black Race. 

I am sharing this information which I have taken from the Black Lives Matter website, in order to shed light on the reason for the Black Lives Matter Movement. 

There would be no need to make this statement if racism and hatred did not exist. But it does. So there is reason.

Thank you Black Lives Matter for having the courage to Stand Up To Injustice Everywhere."
Cynthia "Chinue X" Cornelius, Founder TCXPI

This is Not a Moment, but a Movement

#BlackLivesMatter was created in 2012 after Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted for his crime, and dead 17-year old Trayvon was posthumously placed on trial for his own murder. Rooted in the experiences of Black people in this country who actively resist our dehumanization, #BlackLivesMatter is a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society.Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes.

It goes beyond the narrow nationalism that can be prevalent within Black communities, which merely call on Black people to love Black, live Black and buy Black, keeping straight cis Black men in the front of the movement while our sisters, queer and trans and disabled folk take up roles in the background or not at all.

Black Lives Matter affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum.  It centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements.  It is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement.

Why Black Lives Matter Protests Are Happening Across America

What Does #BlackLivesMatter Mean?

When we say Black Lives Matter, we are broadening the conversation around state violence to include all of the ways in which Black people are intentionally left powerless at the hands of the state.  We are talking about the ways in which Black lives are deprived of our basic human rights and dignity.

Source: Black Lives Matter Website

The Honorable Marcus M. Garvey, Revolutionist and Black Nationalist

On This Day In TCXPI History

The Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., Publisher, Entrepreneur, Orator Revolutionist and Black Nationalist

Marcus M. Garvey, Jr. was born August 17, 1887 in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica. 

On August 1, 1914, he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association, “to unite all people of African ancestry of the world to one great body to establish a country and absolute government of their own.” 

Marcus M. Garvey, Jr. moved to New York City in 1916 and founded the Negro World newspaper. 

In June, 1923, Marcus M. Garvey, Jr. was unjustly convicted of mail fraud and sentenced to five years in prison. That sentence was commuted by President Calvin Coolidge and Marcus Garvey was released in November, 1927 and deported to Jamaica where he transitioned June 10, 1940. He is  interred at a shrine in National Heroes Park. 

There are memorials to Marcus Garvey around the world, including statues and streets and schools named after him in Jamaica, Trinidad, the United States, Canada, Kenya, Nigeria, and the United Kingdom. 

A number of books have been published about Marcus Garvey and his movement, including “Black Power and the Garvey Movement” (1971), “Marcus Garvey: Anti-Colonial Champion” (1988), and “Negro With a Hat: The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey and his Dream of Mother Africa” (2008). Garvey’s name is enshrined in the Ring of Genealogy at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan.

The Wright Museum Blog
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