Greetings Sisters and Brothers,
As you may already know, the National Black United Front, in conjunction with the December 12th Movement, is organizing a delegation to attend the United Nations World Conference against Racism and Xenophobia in Durban, South Africa. This conference, which will convene from August 29 through September 7, 2001, is vitally important to the global struggle for Reparations for African people worldwide. The importance of this conference is centered on the Africa group resolution, initiated in 1998, declaring that the transatlantic slave trade was a crime against humanity. It is the aim of the National Black United Front, the December 12th Movement, the majority of African nations, and the African non-government organizations, to lobby that this resolution be adopted by the World Conference Against Racism, thus setting the stage for obtaining reparations worldwide.
In the spirit of the student movements of the 1960s, the National Black United Front recognizes the importance of youth involvement in the African struggle in general, and the demand for reparations in particular. In that regard, the National Black United Front will pay airfare and hotel accommodations for a high school or college student to attend and take part in this historic conference with well over 100 activists from the United States. Candidates will be evaluated and selected based upon information obtained from the attached application, two recommendations, an essay, and oral presentation (for semi-finalists only). The National Black United Front will be accepting applications for this sponsorship along with the required essays and recommendations through June 30, 2001. At that time, the National Black United Front will select (5) finalists who will give an oral presentation of their essay, and engage in a question and answer session before a panel of judges on July 19th. The winner will be notified on July 23rd in time to prepare for departure to Durban, South Africa on August 29th. Key dates to remember for the contest are as follows:
Please contact the National Black United Front for further information.