Safiya Bukhari’s “Lest We Forget”

Editor’s note: for Black August 2022 we share both a facsimile PDF as well as a transcription of Safiya Bukhari‘s 1981 pamphlet Lest We Forget, which she wrote and published while incarcerated at the Virginia Correctional Center for Women. Introduction Constantly people of color are confronted with the reality that death is our ever-present companion.…

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