"With a spirit straining towards true self-esteem, the Negro must boldly throw off the manacles of self-abnegation and say to himself and the world:
I am somebody. I am a person. I am a man with dignity and honor. I have a rich and noble history, however painful and exploited that history has been...
This self-affirmation is the black man's need made compelling by the white man's cruelty against him. This is positive and necessary power for black people."
Martin Luther King Jr. -- Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? -- 1968
What is in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Even if it bloomed in a dark room, we would trust it.
The struggle for Black Liberation has been commented on and contributed to by black thinkers, parents, artists, athletes, scholars, and workers, some of which are contained here. This digital book seeks to loosely dissect the current state of the Black Liberation Movement utilizing a framework largely built utilizing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s last work Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? published in 1968.
Movements for freedom have become increasingly affected by generational disenchantment with the government and justice system and Black Lives Matter is a part of that trend. The desire to be unapologetically black rings with the same defiance as it did in 1970; a strong reminder of black cultural defiance as a form of psychological resistance.
Black Lives Matter continues a long tradition of the call to amass political and economic strength in the black community to attain autonomy of power. The Nation has not yet found peace from its sins; the freedman has not yet found in freedom his promised land (DuBois 40). While freedom and liberty are just ideals, one would hope that freedom feels like the combination of two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings into one dark human being that no longer needs the dogged strength required to keep from being torn asunder (DuBois 40). Liberty is being able to freely be both a Negro and an American.
For a rose by any other name is still as sweet. Even those bloomed in the dark room of American history.
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