#ThatBlackCouple Season 5 Episode 4 – Understanding The Roots of Black August

In this episode spotlighting Black August, Jenn and Daren talk through the legacy of the Black radical tradition, from the Haitian Revolution to today.

In the first segment, Jenn and Daren discuss the limited amount of Black history that they were taught in their youth and how that history tended to skew towards elements that support capitalism. But as Black liberation movements have grown in prominence, so too have radical models of possibility.

In the second segment, they share the legacy of Black Panther George Jackson and the genesis of Black August as well as the linkages to the Haitian Revolution and the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.

In the third segment, Daren explains why it is so important to teach children about Black radical tradition especially in the face of conservative efforts to erase the very concepts of race, gender, and sexuality from classrooms. Jenn remarks on interactions with her students and how the internet age has made this information so much more accessible to them, and how their level of knowledge at such a young age gives us hope for the future.

Reference Material:
* Black August Uplifted as Alternative Black History Month – https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2022-08-25/black-august-uplifted-as-alternative-black-history-month
* Study, fast, train, fight: The roots of Black August – https://www.liberationschool.org/study-fast-train-fight-the-roots-of-black-august/
* unesco: International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition – https://www.unesco.org/en/days/slave-trade-remembrance

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This is an accidentally funny podcast about the realities of Blackness and adult life. We do “adult” differently. We are That Black Couple.
Our goal is to create a space for Black millennials to discuss and embody adult life on their own terms. We aren’t beholden to “traditional” gender or parenting roles, queerness is fluid and present in the ways we show up in our relationships and in the world, and we want to build community with other 30-something Black folx who are trying to figure this ish out.