Traditionally Black History Month has honored our great leaders of the past. This year, the December 12th Movement focused on contemporary Black freedom fighters in picture, word, and music. This is to celebrate the continued struggle of our heroes of recent times and pay homage to their lifelong commitment and the extraordinary effect they have on the lives of Black people. The tribute was held at Sistas’ Place on Brooklyn, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.

“It very important for us to honor the Heroes we have walked with, and struggled with,” said Viola Plummer, chair of the December 12th Movement. “People who taught us, who fought for us and with us. They gave their lives in the battle for our freedom. Never vacillating as they stood on the front line with courage and love for Black people.”

Plummer continued, “We asked our people to join us as we pay tribute to our contemporary heroes this Black History Month 2020 because they made current history with their active leadership, and principled political and cultural work toward Black self-determination. We will win!”

The heroic honorees include Sonny Abubadika Carson, political activist, founder of The Committee to Honor Black Heroes; Amiri Baraka, Our Poet Laureate, Black Arts Movement; Coltrane Chimurenga, founder and field marshall of December 12th Movement; Jitu Weusi, educator, founder of “The East”; Dr. Khalid Muhammad, founder, New Black Panther Party; Sekou Sundiata, cultural artist warrior poet; Elombe Brath, founder of the Patrice Lumumba Coalition; and many more of our fearless warriors.

Dr. John Henrik Clarke told us, “History is a clock that people use to tell their political and cultural time of day. It is a compass they use to find themselves on the map of human geography. It tells them where they are but, more importantly, what they must be.”

In responding to Dr. Clarke’s historic analysis of “what we must be,” we answer, “Freedom fighters! Live like them! Dare to struggle! Dare to win!”