Revisiting Gary 1972: Re-energizing the Movement for Black Political Power in 2021
The National Black Political Convention was a critical milestone in the struggle for Black political power. Members of the Congress of African People played a key role in organizing for the convention as well as for the assemblies around the Black agenda that followed. This panel will explore the need for a renewed call for a national political agenda, learning from the lessons of Gary and other subsequent gatherings.
People’s Advocacy Institute & Movement for Black Lives
CAP veteran organizer for the Gary convention
People's Organization for Progress (POP) in NJ
Africana Studies Department, Seton Hall University
Rev. Estelle (Akiba) David
CAP veteran who staffed the Gary convention
The Organization for Black Struggle was founded in 1980 by community activists, students, workers’ rights organizers and others to address the burning issues confronting the African American community. We are a Black-led and member-driven organization. One of the foundational pillars of OBS is the important work around racial justice.This includes, but is not limited to, police accountability, mass incarceration, judicial reform and the death penalty.
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