Hold high the African Martyr!
On February 24th, 2020 Chicago Inpdum members held an African Martyrs Day event at the Thurgood Marshall library on the Southside of Chicago. Members from the community celebrated the lives of Patrice Lumumba, Mike Brown, Omowale Kefing, Musa Abantu, Dakota Bright, Rekia Boyd, Nipsey Hussle and many others! Amilcar Cabral, Dedan Kimathi and others were studied, with their work and sacrifices held high.
Commemorating the lives of loved ones murdered by the police or horizontal violence (both we acknowledge as forms of state violence) is necessary! February 21st is African Martyrs Day. This is also the 55th year anniversary commemoration of the assassination of Malcolm X. African Martyr’s Day is a day to honor our martyred leaders in the struggle for self determination and freedom for African people all over the world. Celebrating our African Martyrs helps us to identify the real enemy of our people. We are dying as a consequence of colonialism! We should not be afraid to live for the African Revolution in a parasitic social system built on African suffering. Chairman Omali Yeshitela has explained the significance of African Martys Day: “These are individuals who need to be understood by our community and African Martyrs Day allows us to politicize their death as Martyrs notwithstanding their lack of political and organizational affiliations and consolidated beliefs.”
We proudly stood facing the red, black, and green flag while reading the Amy Jacques Garvey pledge.
We read from The Burning Spear newspaper and the 14-point platform of the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP). Platform point #4 states that we should have the right to work for our freedom without loss of life limb or livelihood:
“We want the right to free speech and political association, a guarantee of the right to work for the betterment and emancipation of black people without fear of political imprisonment and the loss of life, limb, and livelihood”.
“We believe that the liberation of African people throughout the world will come primarily as a result of our own efforts. We believe it is our duty to our mothers and fathers, our children and ourselves, to organize ourselves to overcome our oppression. We believe that the rights to organize and speak out against our oppression are basic human rights and that the U.S. government must discontinue its attempts to smash these rights and must discontinue criminal attacks on those African patriots who work for the betterment and emancipation of our people.”
We celebrated martyrs from our own Party, including comrades Omowale Kefing, Musa Abantu, as well as Mafundi Lake. They all dedicated their lives to uniting Africa and freeing our land and people.
Kefing, who passed just last year, was celebrated for his long lasting commitment to the African People’s Socialist Party, dating back to 1975.
Musa Abantu was a young comrade who quickly made an impact. The Musa Abantu Black Power and Open Mic events are held on an ongoing basis in St. Louis to commemorate his legacy.
Mafundi Lake was a brave organizer who worked to build African Liberation Day in Birmingham, Alabama and build the Party’s African National Prison Organization behind prison walls under the most brutal conditions.
Earnst Robinson, son of comrade Kuumba Chi Nia in St. Louis, Missouri, who passed in January 2020 was honored for his service to African people. Earnst grew up in Haiti, the place of the victorious slave revolt of Toussaint Louverture and Jean-Jacques Dessalines.
The International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement (INPDUM) believes that Africans must resist and get organized against our oppressor.
Turn the wars against African people into wars against imperialism for our own self-government!