The last enslaved Africans to be illegally transported to America arrived in Mobile, Alabama in 1859 on the Clotilda. Many of the Clotilda survivors were sent to the same plantations. They were very protective of one another.
When an overseer attacked one of the survivors, the community beat the overseer to a pulp. After emancipation, the Clotilda survivors worked tirelessly to co-found what later became known as Africatown.
Maroons’ were enslaved runaways who formed large societies out of reach from their enslavers. Maroons could be found throughout the African Diaspora. They led powerful, successful revolts.
Jamaica’s Maroons resisted the British for decades, until Britain caved in 1796 and “allowed” them to be self-governing. This was 38 years before slavery was officially made illegal within Great Britain.
Civil Rights protests showed non-violent brawls are possible. Be it sitting at a lunch counter, marching, boycotting buses and anti-Black establishments, our people proved you can pack a punch without even making a fist.
Our liberation is worth fighting for. When we come together we win regardless because we prove Anti-Blackness can’t break us.