It Started Somewhere

and like all beginnings, this is a work in progress...hopefully it will never be complete

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    Marcus Mosiah Garvey, First Message to the Negroes of the World from Atlanta Prison, February 10, 1925

    “If I die in Atlanta my work shall then only begin, but I shall live, in the physical or spiritual to see the day of Africa’s glory. When I am dead wrap the mantle of the Red, Black, Green around me, for in the new life I shall rise with God’s grace and blessings to lead the millions up the heights of triumph with colors that you well know. Look for me in the whirlwind or the storm, look for me all around you, for, with God’s grace, I shall come and bring with me countless millions of Black slaves who have died in America and the West Indies and the millions in Africa to aid you in the fight for Liberty, Freedom, and Life.”

    Comrades Thomas Sankara and Fidel Castro. Castro is Awarding Sankara the Order of Jose Marti, 1984

    The great revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara was murdered in a coup on October 15, 1987.

    Sankara became the first president of Burkina Faso in 1983. His administration initiated a radical, anti-imperialist and anti-IMF program that included nationalizations, infrastructure building, promoting education and advancing the rights of women.

    After 4 years in power he was assassinated during a military coup. Tragically, despite their popularity, many of his reforms were undone.

    “Imperialism is a system of exploitation that occurs not only in the brutal form of those who come with guns to conquer territory. Imperialism often occurs in more subtle forms, a loan, food aid, blackmail . We are fighting this system that allows a handful of men on earth to rule all of humanity."

    "Comrades, there is no true social revolution without the liberation of women. May my eyes never see and my feet never take me to a society where half the people are held in silence. I hear the roar of women’s silence. I sense the rumble of their storm and feel the fury of their revolt." -Thomas Sankara

    I feel just like a stranger in the land where I was born And I live just like an outlaw; I'm always on the run Always on the run, they got me always on the run

    Oh, your soldiers smoke marijuana, you can't put them behind your walls Because most of what you taught them to do is against most of your laws We're all fugitives from injustice now but we're going to be free Because your rules and regulations don't do the things for me. Oh, what you gonna do about me Oh, what you gonna do about me

    You may be the stronger now, but my time will come around You keep adding to my numbers as you shoot my people down I can feel the future trembling as the word is passed around We are going to stick up for what we do believe in, and we're prepared to be shot down