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Rules over how female students wear their hair at a South African high school have been suspended after anti-racism protests from black pupils, a local minister says.
“There will be no learner that will be victimized purely because of their hairstyle until the School Governing Body have finalized a new code of conduct that deals specifically with this issue,” said Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi in an article for Eye Witness News.

The victory in Pretoria is a victory for every Black person in the world ‘cause the policy of the Black hair is never about hair. This is a protest against whitewashing of blackness in any environment. Policing the hair styles of Black people is a type of racism that is lurking in company handbooks and school codes of conduct.

These young girls are our inspiration to continue to fight until we are fully and completely accepted.

#BlackPride

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons standing in solidarity with Black America with raised fists at The Block, Redfern in response to the shooting of Michael Brown and the countless other Black victims of police shootings and police brutality. 

Photo by Barbara McGrady, 13th September 2014.

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CultureHISTORY: Tommie Smith and John Carlos, Olympics 1968

“We were just human beings who saw a need to bring attention to the inequality in our country.” - Tommie Smith

On this date (10/16) in 1968, the ‘black power’ salute at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City. One of my favorite historical photos and one of the most powerful moments in black history. More background here.

Photo credits:

  1. Summer Olympics, Mexico City, 1968
  2. Summer Olympics, Mexico City, 1968
  3. San Jose State University honors former students Smith & Carlos with a statue on campus, 2005
  4. Smith and Carlos, 2011

Today In Latin American History

Gold and bronze medal-winning athletes Tommy Smith and John Carlos of the United States give the “Black Power salute” during the medal ceremony for the men’s 200 meter race on October 16, 1968 at the Summer Olympic Games held in Mexico City.  John Carlos, who recently spoke at Occupy Wall Street, is of Cuban descent.

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Black women got in formation in Public Square to underline issues that really matter. 

To the Lord I’m eternal, resting in peace. Please take care of all my seeds, to my unborn child.

All I wanted was for you have a better life than I did
That’s why I was out here on a twenty-four hour 365 grind
When you get to be my age you’ll understand
Just know I got love for you.

- TUPAC AMARU SHAKUR