In preparation for the Black August Summer Institute Film Premiere Racial Justice NOW! staff participated in a live broadcast hosted by award winning hip hop artist, producer, and actor, Lord Jamar, known internationally as a founding member of the hip hop group Brand Nubian, which was formed in 1989. View the Broadcast HERE.
The Black August Summer Institute was launched in the summer of 2022 in Oakland, California with a team of members including Zakiya Sankara-Jabar, RJN! founder, and Tyson Amir. Tyson Amir is an author, musician, educator, community organizer, and freedom fighter born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Tyson is the author of the books Black Boy Poems and the Black Boy Poems Curriculum. He is also the founder/director of the Black Literary Collective and the revolutionary education consultancy firm Freedom Soul Media Education Initiatives (FSMEI).
The Black Summer Institute is a week long training for youth that includes martial arts training, yoga, political education, and training in urban farming. Drawing from the rich history and legacy of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California and other freedom fighting activity that occurred in the past, Tyson Amir and a team of others provide youth with a unique opportunity to learn from the past and train in the present so that they can become the leaders of a bright future tomorrow.
The Black August Summer Institute Film Premiere happened later that evening after the Lord Jamar broadcast. The Premier showed a ‘mini-movie’ of the events that took place at the 2022 Summer Institute. The film had great music, interviews, and lots of footage from the trainings, field trips, yoga sessions, and more.
There was in depth coverage from the media professionals that created the film, and youth attendees also shared their thoughts. RJN! staff was present and there was great feedback and dialogue from the viewing audience. View the film premier HERE!
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