Organizations Are Amplifying Black Voices in Observance of Black August

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Different organizations across the country celebrate and honor the historical events that have occurred to end African-American slavery and oppression in the U.S.

Black August is a month dedicated to teaching about and honoring black revolutionaries who have done the courageous and ground-breaking work to dismantle the oppression upon Black Americans. Organizations and companies such as Netflix have joined in the observance of Black August and continue to amplify the message of Black Lives Matter.

Netflix’s Strong Black Lead recently announced to its company blog the addition of seven Black comedy television shows that genuinely represented Black culture to the streaming platform. Netflix wrote to its blog, “The goal of Strong Black Lead is to celebrate and lift up Black Hollywood. These trailblazing shows are a huge part of that story.” As the shows have staggered release dates, it is only fitting to start the return of these beloved 90’s sitcoms on Saturday, August 1, with Moesha.

Noname Book Club is an online book community that partners with bookstores throughout the country to amplify POC voices through literary liberation. With highlighting two books a month written by colored authors, Noname also offers free social meet-ups to discuss the current pick of the month. Additionally, Noname recently launched Prison Club, where they send books to incarcerated people across the nation. The book club currently has 12 chapters and looks for continuous growth. You can join the book club here.

Chapters of the Black Lives Matter organizations across the country will be hosting educational meetings and marches commemorating the historical and heroic events for Black liberation. Black Lives Matter Los Angeles will welcome three leading voices to their virtual town meeting, hosted by BLM co-founder, Melina Abdullah. For more information on chapters of BLM, click here.

Black August will definitely be celebrated differently this year. As we reach the 33rd year commemorating Black August, we can support organizations that strive to amplify the Black voices of revolutionary leaders that have reshaped the nation, and those who continuously fight for racial equality.