Today in history, George Jackson was murdered by prison guards during an attempted prison escape at San Quentin in 1971
Black August originated in California in honor of Jonathan Jackson, George Jackson, William Christmas, Hugo “Yogi” Pinell, James McClain and Khatari Gaulden; known as the San Quentin Six.
Jonathan Jackson was gunned down outside the Marin County California courthouse on August 7, 1970 as he attempted to free McClain, Christmas and Magee which is the only survivor and the former co-defendant of Angela Davis.
George Jackson was killed by prison guards during a Black prison rebellion at San Quentin on August 21, 1971, along with three prison guards. Officials charged six Black and Latino prisoners with the death of those guards.
Black August although it is a time to reflect on the Black struggle, celebrating as leaders such as Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Pan-Africanist Leader Marcus Garvey, Maroon Russell Shoatz and Chicago Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton were all born in August. Let us not forget the freedom fighters of this time who gave their lives in hopes of better ones for us.