The first battle I had to face was the battle against my own ignorance. Political education is the beginning. We have many lessons left behind that we can learn from those who came before us. History has laid out many solutions. That’s one reason why history is largely re-written and parts of it camouflaged.
I learned about people that showed me a way of life I had never thought about before; and after learning so much truth, it sparked my interest for reading and showed me the importance of getting involved.
I read Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr, Robert F. Williams, Assata Shakur, Thomas Sankara, Patrice Lumumba, George Jackson, Amilcar Cabral, Amos Wilson, Fred Hampton, and Kwame Ture (stokely Carmichael) among many others. These freedom fighters have laid out many lessons and solutions for us to follow in their footsteps. I will come up with a reading list to share later.
This is a huge topic I will get partly into later, but look into what is happening in your community and reach out to anyone and any organization that is there fighting for the people.
Disciplesofmalcolm Reading List
The Autobiography of Malcolm X (read the post before reading the book)
I want to be useful, but I'm unsure how. Right now I'm thinking of the situation in Ferguson, but my feelings of helplessness apply to much more going on around the world. I'm just a 17-year-old sitting here at the end of my summer break in Northern-Illinois feeling like I should be able to make an impact somehow. It's frustrating because I have no clue where to start or how I can even apply myself. Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
MALCOLM X: THE POLICE ATTACK YOU THEN CHARGE YOU WITH ASSAULT!