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Black History Month 2021

Today we opened our BLM Long Beach monthly meeting by calling in our ancestors and reflecting on this special interview between Nikki Giovanni and James Baldwin, taped in London in 1971.

BACKGROUND

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ABOUT NIKKI GIOVANNI

Yolande Cornelia “Nikki” Giovanni, Jr.(born June 7, 1943) is an American poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. Giovanni gained initial fame in the late 1960s as one of the foremost authors of the Black Arts Movement. Influenced by the Civil Rights Movement and Black Power Movement of the period, her early work provides a strong, militant African-American perspective, leading one writer to dub her the “Poet of the Black Revolution.”

ABOUT JAMES BALDWIN

James Arthur Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) was an American novelist and social critic. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th-century America. Some of Baldwin’s essays are book-length, including The Fire Next Time (1963), No Name in the Street (1972), and The Devil Finds Work (1976). An unfinished manuscript, Remember This House, was expanded and adapted for cinema as the Academy Award–nominated documentary film I Am Not Your Negro. Baldwin’s novels and plays fictionalize fundamental personal questions and dilemmas amid complex social and psychological pressures thwarting the equitable integration of not only African Americans, but also gay and bisexual men, while depicting some internalized obstacles to such individuals’ quests for acceptance. Such dynamics are prominent in Baldwin’s second novel, Giovanni’s Room, written in 1956, well before the gay liberation movement.

State of the City: Response, 1/12/21

“Black Lives Matter. They matter to the City. And they matter to me.” - Mayor Robert Garcia at the 1/12/21 State of the City address.

See the State of the City Response presented by local organizers, including BLM Long Beach’s Audrena Redmond, including a call to action to the community.

https://youtu.be/pyNGX1-wtYs

The people of Long Beach, CA provided a response to Mayor Garcia’s State of the City and also shared calls to action related to movement building and organizing in our community.

Speakers included:

  • Audrena Redmond, Black Lives Matter Long Beach
  • Norberto Lopez, LiBRE
  • Victor Sanchez, Long Beach Coalition
  • Gaby Hernandez, LBIRC
  • Moderated by James Suazo, Long Beach Forward

Livestream aired at:
www.lbforward.org/facebook
www.lbforward.org/youtube
www.lbforward.org/twitter

#blacklivesmatter #blm #divestinvest #defundthepolice #defundlbpd #peoplepowerLB

PB&J Day - Postponed

Due to COVID health concerns in our community, our next Peanut Butter & Jelly Day to make and distribute sandwiches and personal care items to our neighbors experiencing homelessness has been postponed. Stay safe and healthy fam.

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