There is a lot of history we do not learn in our regular high school history classes. We lack a historical identity. Cell A65 will be helping bridge the gap between black people, black self- acceptance and black history. Our goal is not only to make you a scholar in black history but have a deeper understanding of our power and the systems in place trying to take it.
Learn about the revolutionary life of Fred Hampton. May he radicalize your mind.
Learn about the infamous Angela Davis and her fight against the United States. She was once the FBIs most wanted, and considered a foreign and domestic terrorist- all for fighting for liberation.
Click to learn about the Black Panther for Self Defense founder, Huey Newton.
Learn about the notorious Black Panther Malcolm X, known for his radical ideologies and his words.
"By Any Means Necessary"
Learn about The King himself. You know the white washed version of King, but he was far more radical than history has told you.
Learn more about Black History and Black Liberation.
Mass incarceration is a major problem within the United States. So, here are the facts:
But, why are Black Americans put in prisons more? What is the root of the issue?
President Nixon's policy advisor, John Ehrlichman, stated “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
The ‘War on Drugs’ was created as a ploy to justify imprisoning Black Americans. How did they get away with it? Fear! Instead of treating addiction as a mental illness or recognizing that marijuana had no true harm in communities they were able to manipulate people into being afraid of these ‘drugs’. They used the media to spew lies that Black Americans were the cause of the heroin problem. They believed their communities would be torn apart by it. Fear is a common tactic used in white supremacy to justify the dehumanization and criminalization of Black Americans.
Although the ‘War on Drugs’ was another excuse to lock Black Americans away this wasn’t the first nor the last tactic used. We see today, in 2021, police officers targeting Black Americans, and arresting and killing them for nothing.
What is the solution? There is not just one solution. There are many different routes people believe can solve mass incarceration; from legalizing mariuana, defunding the police to just simple education.
What are your ideas on stopping and fixing mass incarceration?
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Access to safe abortions in black communties has a long and deep rooted history. The lack of access has been a major problem in the US. Luckily, there are resources here to help. Planned Parenthood has worked endlessly to give people the option to choose, even though locations are limited as are funds they still fight. They attempt to provide affordable, accessible and safe abortions for all. The freedom of choice is not one the black community has been privy to in the past but places like Planned Parenthood, ACLU, URGE and many more organizations are fighting for black peoples reproductive rights in the United States. While recognizing these organizations we also need to recognize the black organizers who fought so hard to give us those rights and continue to do so. We continue to make history with access to abortions in the black community and without black organizers we would not have the right to choose.
Here are three women who change and fought for access to abortion:
Known to many as “Flo”, Florynce Kennedy was the author of “Abortion Rap”, and called the biggest, loudest, and the rudest activist by People magazine in 1974. She was an American lawyer, feminist, civil rights advocate, lecturer and activist from Kansas City, Missouri.
She moved to New York City so she could attend the Columbia University School of General Studies and majored in pre-law. In her autobiography, she wrote about being refused admission to the law school, not because she was black, but because she was a woman. When she threatened to sue the university, she was admitted and later became one of the first black women to graduate from Columbia Law School.
Less than 20 years after graduating, she sued the Roman Catholic Church for interference with abortion. A year later, she organized a group of feminist lawyers to challenge the constitutionality of New York State’s abortion law, which was credited with helping influence the Legislature to liberalize abortion in 1970.
Byllye Avery served as a lifelong activist, and was the founder of several organizations for women’s health, including the National Black Women’s Health Project in 1983 (today, it’s the Black Women’s Health Imperative), the Gainesville Women’s Health Center in 1974, and she cofounded Birthplace, an alternative birthing center. She was also a leader in the underground abortion referral network in Florida.
In 2002, she founded The Avery Institute for Social Change – a non-profit organization based in Harlem, NY that is committed to quality health care for all. Currently she is a clinical professor at Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University and an advisor to the National Institutes of Health.
Dorothy Roberts is a University of Pennsylvania Professor, and has been a pioneer in the reproductive justice movement.
Although birth control, the morning-after pill, and abortions were available while Roberts was in college, she recognized the struggle women faced in other communities in order to access abortion.
For her, abortion has never been controversial, and she has always been surprised to see backlash from the decision in Roe v. Wade. She believed so much that women should have the right to reproductive healthcare that she became a lawyer.
Roberts has talked to the press about her belief that access to reproductive health means that all women are given the same access – and laws such as the Hyde Amendment, which denies federal funding for women who cannot afford an abortion – do not allow for all women to have equal access.
Although Valentine's Day is a capitalist holiday created by corporations to guilt people into believing you have to spend an excessive amount of money to be loved, CELL A65 did not want to miss this opportunity to talk about black love and radical black healing.
We wanted to take this time to normalize black love and push for more representation in the media. There can be a lot of hatred towards our own people by our own people, specifically for black women. We have to learn self-acceptance and truly know black is beautiful. So, today helps me celebrate black love within tv shows, movies and art. Comment below some of your favorite black love films and tv shows.
We also need to talk about radical black healing. Although self-love has been colonized by capitalism the basic premise is there. Not only taking care of yourself but acceptaning yourself. Your hair, your eyes, your nose and your body. We are taught from a young age that the european beauty standard is what we should follow and anything else is considered ugly, but we have to rid ourselves of this mindset. We look like kings and queens from centuries ago. We look like people who have fought so hard for their freedom. We looked powerful. We look kind. We look like a community of people who deserve to love ourselves. Black is beautiful and we deserve to know that.