Get your Ribbonz out.. it’s Black Solidarity Day!

black ribbonBlack Solidarity Day was first observed in 1969 on the campus of Brooklyn College, when several students and activists were inspired by Douglas Turner Ward’s controversial play entitled A Day of Absence. The satirical play depicted a small southern town in turmoil when all the Black citizens suddenly disappeared, revealing the political, social and economic power of the Black community. The play inspired the creation of Black Solidarity Day, which is celebrated on the Monday before Election Day to remind the nation of the collective strength and political power of the Black Community. Traditionally, this is a day in which people of African descent (and supporters) throughout the country abstain from participation in the social, political and economic affairs of the nation. With this peaceful absence, African Americans and others passively oppose racism, as well as social and civil injustices, on a global level. To commemorate the spirit of Black Solidarity, people are supposed to wear all Black, or a Black or silver ribbon to show their support. Rock em if you got em. And don’t forget to vote tomorrow!

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Published on November 4, 2007 at 11:33 pm. 1 Comment.
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