National Black United Front (NBUF)
has reached an historic point in its history. That
point is the convening of the 33rd Annual National
NBUF Convention that will be held July 12-15, 2011 in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin at the Milwaukee Brotherhood of Firefighters Hall, 7717
West Good Hope Road. This year’s convention theme
is: “The Year of the African woman: A Spirit Unbroken.”
The National Black United Front,
over a thirty-three year period,
has related to and organized around numerous issues
that have impacted on the African World Community.
Whether it was combating the numerous cases of police
brutality in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and other urban centers, or fighting
to save people from the death penalty in Texas and Chicago, NBUF was there.
NBUF communicates with the
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
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 in
Kansas City, Missouri.
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 of 1995.
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.
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 the explosion of crack/cocaine in the African Communities
in the summer of 1996, NBUF launched an 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, in the summer of 2001, that the Trans Atlantic
Slave Trade and Slavery were Crimes Against Humanity.
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 on CSPAN.
In the spring of 2003, I, in my capacity as NBUF
National Chairman, 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.
Whether it was combating the
numerous cases of police brutality or fighting to
save people from the death penalty, NBUF was there
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, I proposed, as
NBUF Chairman, 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 presidential election. Sign here
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
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 the world.
We encourage everyone to attend this year’s historic
NBUF Convention in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin. For more information call: 414.324.5792 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
BlackCommentator.com Columnist, Conrad W. Worrill, PhD, is the National Chairman Emeritus of the National
Black United Front (NBUF).
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