By Dr. Conrad W. Worrill (July 20, 2001)

The Twenty-second Annual National Black United Front Convention was recently held July 12-15, 2001 in San Francisco, California at the historic Center for African American Art and Culture. More than four hundred NBUF members, supporters, and friends from around the country participated with great enthusiasm in the four-day convention. The NBUF Chapters represented were New York, Detroit, Lansing, Milwaukee, Chicago, Houston, Portland, Seattle, Kansas City, MO, St. Louis, Fresno, and the hosting Bay Area Chapter. Strong NBUF supporters from Los Angeles and other parts of California also attended the convention.

I was deeply honored, once again, to be re-elected to the position of National Chairman of NBUF. I have served in this capacity since 1985 and I want to thank all the NBUF members, friends, and supporters for continuing to support my leadership. It is a special privilege, and honor, to represent NBUF in the African Liberation Movement worldwide.

Additionally, our National Vice Chair of Organizing, Dr. Oba T`Shaka, was also re-elected. He has served in this capacity since 1981. Under the leadership of Dr. T`Shaka, the NBUF Bay Area Chapter did an outstanding job in hosting the convention.

Our National Treasurer, a member of the Kansas City Chapter of NBUF, was re-elected to serve in this most critical and sensitive position in our organization. Sister Sandra Dean is the unsung, behind the scenes, get things done, organizer in NBUF. She takes care of NBUF business with a high degree of efficiency and professionalism. At this year’s convention Sandra was the recipient of the annual Maurice Bishop Pan African Heroes and Heroines Award. This award has been presented to an NBUF organizer at every convention since 1984. Maurice Bishop was the great Prime Minister and leader of the New Jewel Movement in Grenada. He was assassinated in 1983 by internal forces.

Kofi Taharka, one of our young organizers and leaders of NBUF and the Chairman of the Houston Chapter had served faithfully and diligently as the National Secretary over the last two years. Because of several personal challenges he is facing, Brother Kofi decided not to stand for re-election. We look forward to Kofi’s return to national leadership.

Brother Toriono Granger, an up and coming NBUF organizer and leader from the NBUF Chicago Chapter, was elected as National Secretary. Brother Toriono is currently coordinating the NBUF Essay Contest that will provide a paid trip (housing and airfare) for a student to attend the United Nations World Conference Against Racism that will be held in Durban, South Africa, August 31st through September 7, 2001.

This theme of this year’s NBUF Convention was Reparations: The Key to the African Struggle— Building a Black Mass Movement Through Block-By-Block Organizing. In this context, the convention focused on the work of NBUF in the worldwide African Reparations Movement, our work in organizing to participate in the United Nations World Conference Against Racism and the methodology of block-by-block organizing.

In the Globalization of African Politics Plenary Session, Vulindlela Wobogo of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC), Bob Brown, Director of the Kwame Ture Work-Study Institute and Library, and Viola Plummer of the December 12th Movement International Secretariat all gave profound presentations.

Brother Wobogo dissected and shared lessons from his participation in the Sixth Pan African Conference that was held in Dar el Salaam, Tanzania. Brother Wobogo explained that proper planning for participation in international conferences is key to accomplishing any African collective objectives. The Sixth Pan African Conference (PAC) failed in this regard.

In this regard, the error of the 6th PAC has been addressed through the leadership of the December 12th Movement International Secretariat, Sister Viola Plummer gave an insightful presentation on the organizing taking place around the United Nations World Conference Against Racism, particularly as it related to the consensus among African Governments and Non Governmental Organizations that The Trans Atlantic Slave Trade and Slavery was a Crime Against Humanity, the economic roots of racism should be examined and reparations are owed to African people in the Diaspora and on the African continent.

Brother Bob Brown gave a brilliant analysis of African people participating in organizing internationally. We all received great insights from Brother Bob’s presentation. Dr. T`Shaka and a representative from N`COBRA also made presentations at this plenary session.

In other important plenary sessions on education, criminal justice, electoral politics and social welfare, NBUF organizers and leaders either facilitated or made presentations. They were: my wife, Talibah Worrill – NBUF Chicago, Ajamu Webster – NBUF Kansas City, Missouri, Leon Dixon – NBUF Kansas City, Karen McCowin and Paul Taylor – NBUF Detroit, Marcelle Porter – NBUF Chicago, Jitu Weusi – NBUF New York, Charles Rolland – NBUF Seattle, Peter Clark and Al Lumpkins – NBUF St. Louis, and Oma Wale – NBUF Houston. Other key NBUF convention participants were Somari Grace –NBUF Kansas City, Dr. Willie Davis – NBUF Lansing, and Thabiti Mtambuzi - NBUF Bay Area who made a presentation on Economic Development and Leadership Training. Dr. David Horne of the California Reparations Platform Coalition was our banquet speaker. Dr. Horne challenged us to step up and tighten up our organizing in the Reparations Movement.

The Twenty-second Annual NBUF Convention was a grand success. We are more confident in our approaches and even more focused on our goals. Next year’s convention will be held in Lansing, Michigan from July 11-14, 2002.


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