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

by Sep 15, 2020Blog0 comments

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