Why A Black Holocaust Holiday?
Black Holocaust Remembrance Day 2016
All Roads Lead to Washington, DC
Black Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration will be observed Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Joe’s Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., in Mt. Rainier, Maryland (bordering Washington, DC). The doors will open at l p.m.
The members of the Lost-Found Nation of Islam and Afrodescendant Nation will honor the memory of African slaves who endured the “horrific voyage” coming across the Atlantic Ocean during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.
We will also honor those that endured the “unspeakable horrors” of plantation slavery and the Elders who are present for continuing to guide and hold the black family together.
We expect Afrodescendants to come from Arkansas, Mississippi, Houston, Atlanta, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Boston and Chicago, and as far away as St. Kitts in the Caribbean Island.
The term “Afrodescendants”
refers to peoples who:1)Were forcibly dispossessed of
their homeland, Africa; 2) Were transported to the Americas and Slavery
Diaspora for the purpose of enslavement; 3) Were subjected to slavery; 4) Were
subjected to forced mixed breeding and rape; 5) Have experienced, through
force, the loss of mother tongue, culture and religion;
6) …and/or have experienced racial discrimination due to lost ties from their original identity.
The term “Afro descendants” was the identity that was agreed upon by leaders representing 250 million people in 19 countries (in the Western Hemisphere) at a March 2002 UNITED NATIONS Forum in La Ceiba, Honduras.
Black Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed during the month of April. Why April, you might be asking yourself?
Every year on April 1st, April Fool’s Day is observed. It is a day that people in America lie, trick and fool each other, but it has a much deeper meaning to us.
April Fool’s Day to us represents our fore-parents who were lied to, tricked and deceived on to a slave-ship named Jesus in the year 1555, and brought into bondage in the Western Hemisphere where their descendants still live today. There are no other people on earth that have been lied to, tricked, fooled and deceived more than the African slaves and their descendants in America.
It is vitally important that Afrodescendants take time out of their busy schedule to honor the memory of the “Freedom Fighters” who paved the way for our liberation.
These trail blazers are: François-Dominique-Toussaint Louverture, Nat Turner, Denmark Vesey, Gabriel Prosser, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglas, Marcus Garvey, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Paul Robeson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Jeremiah Shabazz, Dr. Khalid Abdul Muhammad, Dr. Imari A. Obadele, Dorothy Lewis and many others.
We would like to highlight one extraordinary event that occurred during the Jim Crow era. “In the summer of 1962, a Muslim Minister named Jeremiah Shabazz of the Nation of Islam became the first Black man in the history of America to attend a Ku Klux Klan rally in Georgia and live to tell about it.”
Can you believe that Minister Shabazz walked away, unharmed with his dignity intact after the many lynchings in the South in the early 60s by the Ku Klux Klan?
Our sojourn in America has been a nightmare but our fore-parents made it through the storm. That brings us to the issue of “Forced Assimilation and Cultural Conditioning.”
Forced Assimilation and Cultural Conditioning
It was through the process of forced assimilation that Afrodescendants were culturally conditioned to celebrate: Christmas, New Year’s Day, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Good Friday, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Halloween and Thanksgiving. What about “Black Holocaust Remembrance Day?”
The Jews did not forget to establish a day to honor the memory of their fore-parents, so how could we as a people possibly forget to establish a day to honor the memory of our fore-parents?
Isn’t Black Holocaust Remembrance Day as equally important as the European holidays? Are we so culturally conditioned and disconnected as a people that we forget to honor our own fore-parents? Aren’t they worthy of honor, respect and recognition? Regardless of your religious, political, social or economic status in society, we want to remind you that we, Afrodescendants, are standing on the shoulders of those that came before us.
No, no, no, we did not achieve what we have today all by ourselves. It was our fore-parents who paved the way for us; so it is only befitting and proper that we respect, honor and lift them up before the world, so that our children will “Never Forget” the barbaric and inhumane acts that were committed against them during the Atlantic Slave Trade and during plantation slavery.”
If we don’t respect, honor and lift them up before the world, you tell me, who will? It is imperative that Afrodescendant Youth understand that there is a time and place for everything under the sun. There is a time and place to watch football, basketball and play golf. There is a time to listen to your favorite Hip-Hop artist and wear your favorite sneakers. There is also a time to honor the memory of your fore-parents.
We set aside time for everything else, why not set aside some time in your schedule for Black Holocaust Remembrance Day?
It doesn’t matter whether we are Christian or Muslims, Educated or Uneducated, let’s take time out of our busy schedule to give thanks to our fore-parents for their unwavering spirit and for overcoming the tremendous odds during plantation slavery and the Jim Crow era.
Archibald Murphy spoke eloquently about a people who are disconnected from their history. He said “To visit a people with no history “is like going into the wilderness where there is no roads to direct a Traveler. The people have nothing to which they can look back; the wisdom and acts of their forefathers are forgotten; the experience of one generation is lost to the succeeding one.”
The question is, does the statement above fit Afrodescendants in America? It fits us like hand and glove because we all are victims of America.
On the other hand, with the Jews it’s the reverse. To visit and talk with Jewish people at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC is like visiting a people with a thorough knowledge of themselves and their history. It’s like driving through a wilderness where there are open roads, streets and highways to direct a Traveler.
They have everything to which they can look back; the wisdom and acts of their forefathers are not forgotten; the experience of one generation is passed on to the succeeding one.”
If we don’t honor the memory of our fore-parents, who will? Should we expect the Jews, Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Arabs, Latinos, Africans, Eskimos, Indians or the Descendants of the same white people that enslaved our fore-parents for 310 years to honor them?
Every year, Jewish people in America, Israel, Europe and around the world remember the 6 million Jews who died during the Holocaust in Germany during World War II.
Since they honor the memory of their fore-parents’ every year, it is only befitting and proper that we, the children of plantation slavery, should also honor the memory of our fore-parents.
My objective is not to trivialize the pain, suffering and death of the Jews but to shows that the slaves (our fore-parents) suffered a far worse Holocaust in America than the Jews in Germany.
Today in 2016, we still suffer intensely from the ethnocide and forced assimilation currently imposed by the U.S. government. We must never forget what happened to our fore-parents!
If we fail to honor those (our fore-parents) whose shoulders we stand on today; it would be tragic; it would also mean that we are still suffering from the (Willie Lynch Syndrome) chains of mental slavery.
If we fail in this instance to honor them, we have no one to blame but ourselves. We cannot blame anyone after truth has come to us.
We cannot blame the Jews, Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Arabs, Latinos, Africans, Eskimos, Indians or the Descendants of the same people that enslaved our fore-parents for 310 years. We are responsible for what we know and we should act accordingly.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said “The lack of love, unity, and self-respect among ourselves is one of our greatest enemies.”
Was the Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s analysis right or was it wrong?
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said in another place, “If a small, well-twisted cord is hard to break, then how much harder is it to break 100 cords well twisted into one?”
Let’s unite around a common issue. What better issue to unite around during the month of April than Black Holocaust Remembrance Day?
It is a Day that all Afrodescendants should come together in peace and harmony. Don’t you want to represent your family tree?
In closing, we ask you to join us Saturday, April 16, 2016 for this momentous occasion. Let’s put our differences aside. Let’s stand together as one solid brick wall on that day. Let’s be a shining example for our children.
Let’s honor the “Great Freedom Fighters” that raised our awareness and helped us break the (chains of mental slavery) Willie Lynch Syndrome.
If you cannot join us Saturday, April 16, 2016 to honor the memory of our foreparents, please honor them in your respective cities.
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Chief Minister Najee Muhammad, WDC
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