Nat Turner Day 2019: Call to Action
Nat Turner Day is a holiday for revolutionaries, those who fight against the current forms of slavery and commit themselves to a liberated society. We celebrate those who came before us, and those who today devote their lives to abolishing this horrendous system of modern slavery.
We call on all those inspired by the legacy of resistance, to act against symbols of white supremacy. Last year’s commemoration included burning an effigy of a judge, prosecutor, and a cop, burning blue lives matter flags, wheat pasting posters, and splashing confederate monuments.
On this day in 1831 the Nat Turner Rebellion began. Nat Turner and his band of 70 comrades traveled from plantation to plantation to slay their oppressors and free those they encountered along the way. This act of rebellion is an important precursor for our struggle today. The initiative of these brave people to risk their own well-being to free those held in captivity around them, speaks both to the militancy necessary for community defense and the selflessness of revolutionary struggle.
Nat Turner Day falls during the commemorative month of Black August. Black August originated in the prisons of California in 1979 and its roots come from the history of resistance by Black/New African/African brothers in those prisons. Its original purpose is to honor and commemorate the lives and deaths of several fallen Freedom Fighters, those who organized within prisons, started the Black Guerrilla Family, took militant action against the guards, and were all executed by the state for their resistance. They include Jonathan Jackson, George Jackson, W.L. Nolan, James McClain, William Christmas and Khatari Gaulden.