African Martyrs’ Day: You can kill the revolutionary, but you can’t kill the Revolution!

“The martyrs will live on in our struggle until all of our peoples celebrate the victory of freedom, peace, democracy and justice,”- Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
Africa’s Mike Brown, who lived and died in Ferguson, Missouri might not have ever thought about joining the ranks of the Black Revolution!
He probably heard of assassinated African leaders Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and possibly Huey P. Newton, all martyred heroes of the African Liberation Movement.
But today in 2016, Mike Brown himself stands tall as a genuine martyr of the Black Revolution.
Africans in Ferguson stood up in his name and went toe to toe with an array of armed military forces of the colonial State and rekindled a movement that laid dormant for more than two decades.
February 21, 1965 is the date our martyr, Malcolm X was assassinated in Harlem, New York. This year’s African Martyrs’ Day on February 21st occurs within this newfound worldwide African militancy.
Africans throughout the world are raising up our fallen and murdered brothers and sisters from the ranks of the African working class.
From the 30-odd murdered mine workers in Occupied Azania (South Africa), the murder of Ricky Bishop in London, UK, to the masses in the streets demanding justice and Black Community Control of the Police in Chicago for the recent murder of Laquan McDonald and the historic brutal occupation by Chicago’s police organizations.
In St. Louis we are raising up Cary Ball, Jr. and in New York City we are raising up Eric Garner and Ismaael Brinsley, who vowed to put “wings on pigs.”
Throughout this country, victims of police murder, including 12-yearold Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio; Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida; Cary Ball Jr., in St. Louis, MO; Jordan Baker in Houston, Texas; Sandra Bland in Waller County, Texas; Oscar Grant in Oakland, California; Walter Scott in West Charleston, South Carolina; 19-year-old Renisha McBride in a Detroit suburb; little Aiyana Jones in Detroit, MI and there are many, many more that the African working class ourselves have raised to the level of martyrdom.
The mass police murders and oppression that accompany the African working class, rather than putting us in a state of hopelessness and depression, have deepened our resolve to struggle and fight for real revolutionary Black Power.
The African People’s Socialist Party calls on Africans throughout the world to organize an African Martyrs’ Day event in your community.
Fallen African martyr and leader of the Chicago Black Panther Party Fred Hampton was right when he declared, “You can kill a revolutionary, but you can’t kill the revolution!”
Let’s make Comrade Fred’s profound statement a reality.

Long live the African Martyr!


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