Black History Moment: The 1972 Gary Convention (National Black Political Convention)

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Black History Moment: The 1972 Gary Convention (National Black Political Convention)
I hope all of you are staying safe and healthy from the COVID-19 pandemic.  This email message is a follow up to what I’ve sent during black history month about the NBPC/Gary Convention:
In honor of the historic National Black Political Convention (NBPC) that occurred in Indiana 48 years ago, the NBPC will be held virtually on September 25, 2020.  Visit the NBPC website for more information or to register:

The National Black Political Convention (NBPC)

From: Reginald Ready
Sent: Sunday, February 23, 2020 9:02 PM
Subject: Black History Moment: The 1972 Gary Convention (National Black Political Convention)

Good evening,
 
“What time is it?”  “It’s Nation-time!”  Forty-eight years ago, that question was posed at a historic meeting to black Americans of all political persuasions, in which an exuberant “it’s nation-time!” response was given.  With the right to vote now secured through the Voting Rights Act (VRA), VRA inspired outcomes coincided with a general transition away from civil rights movement politics gave way to black power/self-determination politics by the early 1970s.  It is within that context that serves as the subject for today’s black history moment – The Gary Convention (National Black Political Convention) of 1972.
Key Highlights – The 1972 Gary Convention (National Black Political Convention)
* Occurred in Gary, Indiana from March 10-12, 1972
* The convention was attended by African Americans of all political persuasions, to develop a unified and independent (black) political agenda that would tackle/solve the issues of poverty & unemployment in black communities across the US
* Sought opportunities for leadership & influence that weren’t then available to African Americans in both Democratic and Republican parties
Significance of the 1972 Gary Convention (National Black Political Convention)
* Laid the groundwork for African Americans to run for various offices in cities & towns across the USA
* Served as an example of black power/self-determination politics, demonstrated at the local level
 
In closing, visit the below resources, and/or conduct your own research to learn more about the 1972 Gary Convention/National Black Political Convention:
RESOURCES
Documentary trailer video: “Nationtime – Gary”
WBEZ 91.5 Chicago: “A Gary convention that galvanized a generation”

 

Photo Gallery: 1972 National Black Political Convention (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
The 1972 Gary Declaration: “The Black Agenda – Black Politics at the Crossroads”
The 1972 National Black Political Convention in Gary (Indiana State Library)

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