The Black Activist- Journal of the Black Left Unity Network

A Struggle & Analysis Journal for Black Liberation initiated by the Black Left Unity Network

THE LAST WORD

SOS

by Amiri Baraka (1965)

Calling black people
Calling all black people, man woman child
Wherever you are, calling you, urgent, come in
Black People, come in, wherever you are, urgent, calling
You, calling all black people
Calling all black people, come in, black people, come
on in.
 

Color print by Emory Douglas, from Sam Durant, Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas. New York: Rizzoli, 2007.

 

 There It Is

by Jayne Cortez (1984)

And if we don't fight
if we don't resist
if we don't organize and unify and
get the power to control our own lives
Then we will wear
the exaggerated look of captivity
the stylized look of submission
the bizarre look of suicide
the dehumanized look of fear
and the decomposed look of repression
forever and ever and ever
And there it is