The Fight for Independence and Freedom Continues

by Leslie Fields-Cruz

I hope you all had a safe and restful Independence Day weekend. Suffice to say, it was both festive and deeply tragic. Because of the holiday, BPM will publish our July newsletter next week. Meanwhile, we invite you to join us at two online events we’re hosting this week:

• A special community screening on Thurs., July 7 of Revolution from Afar, co-hosted with our African Diaspora Film Club partners at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD, San Francisco); and

Another conversation with Bentley Brown at this month’s African Diaspora Film Club, Sat., July 9, noon Pacific/3 p.m. ET.

Both online events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Click the respective links above to reserve your spot.

Finally, in case you missed it, I invite you to listen to and/or watch yesterday’s episode of National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. The show features five young descendants of Frederick Douglass reciting excerpts from his acclaimed oratory, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”, which he originally gave on July 5, 1852. Shout out to Ailsa Chang and her co-hosts for sharing this powerful message.

Photo Courtesy of NPR

Have a good week.



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