On February 28, 2022, the last night of Black History Month, the December 12th Movement held an event: “Black Heroes & Sheroes––Celebrating Freedom Fighters That Made a Difference.” Colette Pean, Viola Plummer, attorney Roger Wareham, and Omowale Clay hosted the cultural-enhancing and political-building community event at Bed Stuy’s Sista’s Place.

Credit: Nayaba Arinde photo

Under the steady gaze of a massive color poster of Malcolm X, with jazz vibes soothing the soul with classic refrains, a variety of speakers told remembrances of local activists and musicians such as: John Coltrane, Curtis Mayfield, Nina Simone, Coltrane Chimurenga, Miriam Makeba, photographer Roy De Carava, poet George Edward Tate, Sonny Abubadika Carson, John Watusi Branch, Lee Morgan, Sekou Sundiata, Mary Madison, Tuliva Donna Cumbebatch, Leon Thomas, Leon Muhammad, Jim Harrison, Randy Weston, Otis Heuling, Jerry Keyes, mathematician and civil rights activist Bob Moses, Nikole Hanna-Jones and her “1619 project,” James Spaulding, James Mtume, Elombe Brath, Father Lawrence, and Ofori Payton.

Credit: Nayaba Arinde photo
Credit: Nayaba Arinde photo

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