4. Martyrs Day – February 21
While we normally commemorate the day that our Brothers and Sisters are born – not killed – on February 21 we remember the faith of the fallen as an African Holiday. On this day, Malcolm X joined the Ancestors, and because of his impact on the entire movement his death came to represent all those who fell in the struggle. And in honoring him, we honor the best in ourselves.
The Burning Spear – The institutionalization of February 21 as “African Martyrs Day” by the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) validates the saying, “You can kill a revolutionary, but you can’t kill the revolution”, quoted by Fred Hampton, the former Chair of the Black Panther Party-Chicago, who was also assassinated by the U.S. government as a result of the assault on the Black Revolution of the 60s.
This day is dedicated to the known, lesser-known and unknown African martyrs, in the history of the longest national liberation struggle in the world.