By Dr. Conrad W. Worrill (January 18, 2002)

The Millions for Reparations March, Protest, and Demonstration demanding reparations from the United States Government will be held in its Capital City, Washington, D.C. on August 17, 2002. This date, August 17th, is significant because it marks the 115th anniversary of the birth of one of our great ancestors and leaders, the Honorable Marcus Garvey.

The call for this march by the Durban 400 is picking up steam in the African Community throughout America. Thousands of African people in America are beginning to get prepared to participate in the march and are actively mobilizing to encourage our people to be present and accounted for in Washington, D.C. on August 17, 2002.

A National Steering Committee has been established from representatives from more than thirty key cities in America with large concentrations of African people. These representatives have agreed to take the responsibility to mobilize and organize their cities and states to attend the Millions for Reparations March from the bottom up. The emphasis of organizing for this march will be at the local, state, and regional levels, block-by-block, and neighborhood-by-neighborhood, throughout America, where African people live.

The organization that has been primarily responsible for building the Reparations Movement in America is the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N`COBRA). In November of 1987, a coalition was formed for the purpose of making "the demand for reparations a national priority and international issue." Immediately, the idea caught on and many individuals and organizations became members.

The chairwoman of N`COBRA’s Legal Commission, Atty. Adjoa Aiyetoro explains that "The idea for N`COBRA came out of the National Conference of Black Lawyers in1987 at the conference on the United States Constitution. Dr. Imari Obadele initiated the call for the creation of N`COBRA."

N`COBRA has focused on the issue of reparations as its major organizing focus since its inception. Atty. Aiyetoro reveals that "N`COBRA held its first town hall meeting in Washington, D.C. on April 8, 1989 and State Senator Bill Owens of Massachusetts spoke. He had introduced at reparations bill in Massachusetts. On June 3, 1989, N`COBRA held a successful forum on the Religious Communities Response to the demand for reparations."

Continuing, Atty. Aiyetoro writes, "At that forum a decision was made that Atty. Chokwe Lumumba, Chairperson of the New African Peoples Organization and Atty. Adjoa Aiyetoro would co-chair a national N`COBRA committee to plan for a national reparations conference that was held on July 8, 1989 in Washington, D.C."

A draft reparations bill, " prepared by Congressman John Conyers was discussed in detail with members of the Congressman’s staff." This bill has been sponsored by Congressman Conyers every year since 1989. The purpose of the bill is for the Congress to conduct Congressional hearings and to create formal findings on the nature and impact of slavery and post slavery discrimination on African people in the United States. This bill is currently HR40.

As we prepare for the Millions for Reparations March on August 17, 2002, we think it is important for all African people in America to become a member of N`COBRA. By becoming a member of N`COBRA you will be joining the one organization in America that dedicates its entire organizing work to the issue of reparations. By joining N`COBRA you will help strengthen its organizational capacity to make the demand for reparations from the United States Government a much more powerful demand.

We join N`COBRA’s "Million Member Drive," encouraging our families, neighbors, and friends to join individually for $10.00 or as a group for $25.00, and for $100.00 as an organization."

By joining N`COBRA, as you prepare to participate in the Millions for Reparations March, Protest, and Rally, you help strengthen N`COBRA’s Reparation Litigation Committee, which is formulating a class action lawsuit for the continued horrors of enslavement and the vestiges of slavery.

By joining N`COBRA, you can help put pressure on the Congressional leaders to support Congressman John Conyers’ bill HR40, to immediately begin hearings to study the payment of reparations.

As Baba Hannibal Afrik, former co-chair of N`COBRA has written, "Throughout this country, a new spirit of self determination is being fueled by the Reparations Movement. N`COBRA has assumed a major leadership role in not only articulating the pain and sufferings of our beloved ancestors, but also the chronic injustices being endured even today. Everywhere Africans in America live, there are constant reminders that institutional racism is a thriving, growth industry."

On the way to participate in the historic Millions for Reparations March on August 17, 2002, join N`COBRA immediately. By joining N`COBRA, our collective organizational power will intensify our demand for reparations. THEY OWE US!

National Chairman
National Black United Front (NBUF)

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