The National Black United Front (NBUF) has reached
an historic point in its history. That point in its history, is the convening of the 32nd Annual National NBUF Convention that will be held July 14-16, 2011 in Houston, Texas at the S.H.A.P.E.
Community Center. This
year’s convention theme is: “Survival, Unity, Justice and
The National Black United Front, over a thirty-two-year
period, has related to,
and organized around, numerous issues that have impacted on the African World Community.
When it was combating the numerous cases of police brutality
in New York,
Chicago, Los Angeles, and other urban centers, NBUF
was there. When it was fighting to save people from the
death penalty in Texas and Chicago, NBUF was there.
NBUF has constantly challenged
the racist and white supremacists’ public policy positions
of the Criminal Justice System, and to that end, our Prison
Correspondence Program keeps us in contact with our sisters
and brothers behind the walls, throughout America.
NBUF was at the forefront of
the Free South Africa Movement and played a leading role
in forcing economic sanctions against South Africa’s Apartheid regime. Our picketing
of entertainers who were on the South African Entertainers
Hit List for performing in South Africa,
against the will of the movement in South Africa,
brought great public attention to the plight of our brothers
and sisters in that region of the world.
Our work with the New Jewel Movement in Grenada was significant. Whether it was the Summer
Work Study Project, working on
the runway at the airport or volunteering in the schools, NBUF was there.
In our international work, the Commission on Women’s
Issues of NBUF organized a delegation
of NBUF sisters who attended the
United Nations World Conference on Women, held in Nairobi, Kenya in July
10-19, 1985. The NBUF sisters made a significant contribution at this conference by networking
with African women from all over the world and presenting
a paper on “The Presence of African Women in America.”
NBUF was there for Jesse Jackson’s
presidential runs in 1984 and 1988, and the successful mayoral bids of African in America in Chicago, New York, St, Louis, Kansas City, and Houston
in the 1980s.
NBUF participated in other electoral
campaigns for seats in Congress and state offices in several
districts around the country. In fact,
one of our own, Rev. Jew Don Boney
won a council seat in Houston, Texas. NBUF member,
Lee Barnes successfully won a school board seat on the same
board in Kansas
NBUF played a key role in the
efforts to organize the African American Leadership Summit
in 1994. NBUF members were key
organizers in the historic Million Man March in October
On the education front, over the past twenty years,
NBUF has been, and continues to be,
the key grassroots organizers in the African Centered Education
Movement. Our World African Centered Education Plan is a
model for addressing the various areas of education.
As a response to revelations that the CIA was involved in t he explosion of
crack/cocaine in the African Communities in America in the summer of 1996, NBUF launched a historic Genocide Petition
Campaign Against the United States Government. This Genocide
Petition Campaign produced over 200,000 signatures and in
May 1997. The NBUF-led delegation traveled to the United
Nations Human Rights Center in Geneva, Switzerland and
presented these petitions and other evidence on behalf of
African people in America.
Out of our successful Genocide Campaign, NBUF collaborated with the December 12th
Movement that organized the Durban 400 to participate and
helped successfully lobby the United Nations World Conference
Against Racism (WCAR) to declare that the Trans Atlantic
Slave Trade and Slavery were Crimes Against Humanity in
the summer of 2001.
As a follow-up to our successful participation in this conference,
NBUF continued to collaborate
with the December 12th Movement in organizing the Millions
For Reparations Rally that was held August 17,
2002 in Washington, D.C. where
over 50,000 African people attended from 38 states,
67 cities, and viewed by millions
In the spring of 2003, NBUF National Chairman, Dr. Conrad W. Worrill,
requested that Minister Louis Farrakhan convene a meeting
of the key reparations organizers, activists, researchers, scholars, and spiritual workers. This meeting
occurred in July 2003 at the Salaam Restaurant in Chicago
and out of that meeting the NDABA Movement unfolded.
On September 13, 2003, NBUF joined the Millions For Reparations
Rally at the United Nations in New
York and helped to link the Reparations Movement with the
Pan African struggle worldwide. The NDABA Movement meetings
were convened in October 2003 in Jackson, Mississippi and in March 2004 in Houston, Texas. This process has greatly helped strengthened the unity in the
Reparations Movement in America.
Through the NDABA Movement process, NBUF
Chairman Worrill proposed the establishment of a Reparations
Petition Campaign that was adopted by the NDABA forces with
the goal of securing one million signatures by the fall
Since our inception, NBUF has consistently sponsored a variety of cultural programs throughout
the United States, including
our Frontlines Album Project,
our sponsorship of annual Kwanzaa Programs, and African Liberation Day activities. This has been a major part
of NBUF’s work.
Through our Frontline Newsletter, Front Page Newspaper,
NBUF’s website, e-mail, letters, phone calls, and the traditional grapevine,
NBUF communicates with the world.
Most importantly, in our organizing efforts,
NBUF has maintained strict financial independence, and has recently become a certified organization with the National
Black Federation of Charities,
an arm of the National Black United Fund,
Inc. We are now able to receive donations through payroll
deduction from people in the federal workplace throughout
We encourage everyone to attend this year’s historic NBUF Convention. For more information call: 713.402.8052 or e-mail:
BlackCommentator.com Columnist, Conrad W. Worrill, PhD,
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