Institutionalize February 21 as the Day of the African Martyr!

The imperialists killed Malcolm X and many other leaders in an attempt to push African people out of revolutionary struggle. We instead raise up their examples as a revolutionary standard to fight until our freedom is won.

The African People’s Socialist Party calls on all African revolutionaries of all countries to raise high, in a revolutionary manner, the heroic memory of all our fallen martyrs, of all those in every city, village, community and country where they fell as evidence of the determination of our people to fight every battle on every front until liberty has been won.


February 21 is the anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, arguably the most significant African leader within the U.S. since the heyday of Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League in the first quarter of the 20th Century.

At the First Congress of the African People’s Socialist Party held in Oakland, California in September 1981, a resolution was passed that marked the significance of Malcolm X in the struggle for the liberation of our people.

We are reprinting that resolution here to reinitiate a tradition within our Party and movement that was once recognized to be important for advancing our struggle. We call on our movement to raise up the Day of the African Martyr in every area of our work.

The struggle of African people to liberate our national homeland, Africa; to resist oppression and exploitation; to overthrow the sys­tem of imperialism and advance the cause of world socialism, has seen hundreds and thousands of our people make the ultimate he­roic sacrifice, the sacrifice of life itself.

The history of our resistance has been written in blood and flames; it has been punctuated by the courageous examples of such martyrs as Nat Turner, Ste­ven Biko, Patrice Lumumba, Walter Rodney, Nehanda Nyakasinkana, Fred Hamp­ton and Mark Clark, Amilcar Cabral, and Lawrence Mann, co-founder of the African People’s Socialist Party.

Historically, the oppres­sors of African people have attempted to turn history up­side down and present the heroic examples of our free­dom fighters as evidence of the futility, the hopelessness of our cause for political in­dependence, African libera­tion and world socialism.

In many instances, our oppressors have succeeded in demoralizing great num­bers of our people by using the examples of brutally mur­dered African freedom fight­ers to prove the invincibility of imperialism and the per­manence of African oppres­sion and exploitation.

The African People’s Socialist Party rejects and denounces this reactionary view of the bourgeoisie and calls on all African revolutionaries of all countries to proclaim February 21, the anniversary of the 1965 imperialist assassination of Mal­colm X, as the Day of the African Martyr.

The African People’s Social­ist Party calls on all African revo­lutionaries of all countries to take command of the history of our people’s struggle for political inde­pendence, African liberation, and socialism, by taking command of the definition of that history and resistance.

The African People’s Socialist Party calls on all African revolu­tionaries of all countries to raise high, in a revolutionary manner, the heroic memory of all our fallen martyrs, of all those in every city, village, community and country where they fell as evidence of the determination of our people to fight every battle on every front until liberty has been won.

The African People’s Socialist Party calls on all African revolu­tionaries of all countries to initiate special ceremonies and programs in every community where an Af­rican revolutionary has fallen and to raise the memory of our fallen freedom fighters to its proper rev­olutionary and historical signifi­cance.

The African People’s Socialist Party calls on all Party members to win the masses within the U.S. in all mass organizations where the African People’s Socialist Par­ty has influence to unity with this resolution. We call on every Party unit, region and organization to take out this call to the masses and to actively work to institution­alize February 21 as the Day of the African Martyr.

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