[Ppnews] Why Black and Afrikan History? by Sundiata Acoli

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Tue Mar 1 10:07:18 EST 2011

Black History Event at FCI Otisville (Submitted by PP Sundiata Acoli 
via Nattyreb)

  After having the approved date for the first Black History Event at 
FCI Otisville in 12 years moved from Feb. 10, 2011, to Feb. 17, to 
Feb. 21 and finally to Feb. 24th, the frustrated 5 potential outside 
guests regrettably but understandably ran into scheduling conflicts 
which forced them to cancel their appearances. As a result the Black 
History Event was done with prisoners only.

  Akbar Pray opening remarks energized the audience. Raheem acted as 
moderator and introduced the following events: A skit by Boo, 
Al-Tariq, Shane, Jaws, T.I. and Tim in which the youngsters learned 
the importance of Black History from the O.T.'s (Old Timers,) T.I. 
then recited a inspiring poem:"God, Why Did You Make Me Black?," 
Shane and Jaws Jason did a sizzling conscious rap song and would 
reappear several times during the later program to do other raps, 
Sebastian Abu Williams did a great Call and Response poem: "Because 
You Already Know," Melvin did an impromptu introductory speech, Rauf 
did 3 of his classic poems, the main one being "Uncle Sam's Dope 
Habit," Joe Gerald held the audience spellbound with his story: "My 
Life: Why I Became Interested in History," Supreme Magnetic 
enlightened all on the "History of Clarence 13X of the 5% Nation," 
Sundiata spoke on "Why Black and Afrikan History "(printed below,) 
Black Warrior spoke on the "Life of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad" 
and Righteous Born Everton closed the program out with and very 
conscious and rousing oration on "The History of the Elders Passing 
Knowledge Down to the Youth!"

Why Black and Afrikan History?
by Sundiata Acoli

    There's an Old Proverb that asks:  "What happened to the people 
of Sumer, for ancient records show that these people were Black." And 
the answer was: " They lost their history, so they died."

    Is that just talk or can a people really die from losing their 
history?- and how do they lose it? Well it usually happens when a 
people have been invaded, conquered and subjugated in war...and we 
all know that TRUTH is the first casualty in war ...and 
that  history  is always written by the victors who usually portray 
themselves as noble, courageous and wise while slandering the 
defeated as cowardly and stupid savages -- or they simply write them 
out of World History altogether. Those missing pages are a defeated 
peoples' lost history until they regain knowledge of it. Marcus 
Garvey said: "A people without knowledge of their history, origin or 
culture is like a tree without roots."...and a tree without roots dies!

    So the question is: Have we, Blacks in the u.s., lost our 
history?...and could we die as a result?  Afrika was invaded and 
overthrown 2500 years ago from which it/we have yet to recover. Our 
libraries  at Alexandra, Egypt, in Afrika, were looted, books taken 
back to the western world and Library burned to the ground. Our 
history was rewritten to make our conquerors look noble and us look 
like ignorant savages - and our real history was left out of World 
History altogether. Thus we have lost our history ....so the other 
question is:" Can we die from it?"

    We're told we're free and equal yet we continue to be 
discriminated against . Also we continue to be hit with every lethal 
affliction in the book: AIDS, crack, abortions (now the #1 killer of 
Blacks, i'm told,) gang warfare, police, prisons, death penalty, 
obesity-diseases, Katrina, you name it.... and both you and i know 
it's only a matter of time before there is an outbreak of some new 
affliction more deadly than the ones before... and that it will "just 
happen to" kill more Blacks than anyone else. That's just too many 
coincidences; they look more like "campaigns" to me than 
"coincidences". And frankly there's no guarantee that we can keep 
surviving these deadly attacks, the next affliction may wipe us out 
completely. So yes, it's possible that Blacks in the u.s. could die 
just as the people of Sumer did...unless we do something.

    SANKOFA, and Old Afrikan Proverb, says" Go forward by going back 
to fetch it." Fetch what? Our lost Afrikan history!: our collective 
memory, our mind! We use Our History, and History period, as a 
starting point to go forward, to go where we still must go, to get 
free and be whatever we choose to be.

    Malcolm X said: "Of all our studies, history is best qualified to 
reward our research." It's also best qualified to provide solutions 
to our problems. Again Malcolm: "And when you see you've got 
problems, all you have to do is examine the historic method used all 
over the world by others who have problems similar to yours. Once you 
see how they got theirs straight then you know how you can get yours 

    History is where a people go to learn, research or regain past 
knowledge about themselves and the world, to find solutions to 
problems in their lives, and  go forward. That's why we need History, 
why we study History and how we use History.

If you would like to write Sundiata please send your letters to:

Sundiata Acoli (#39794-066)
P.O. Box 1000
FCI Otisville
Otisville, NY 10963-1000

Funds supporting his legal defense are always appreciated and can be sent to:

PO Box 766 Harlem Station
New York, New York 10027

Checks and money orders should be made out to The Sundiata Acoli 
Freedom Campaign


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