NBUF: TWENTY-EIGHT YEARS, ALIVE AND WELL
By Dr. Conrad W. Worrill (June 6, 2007)
The National Black United Front (NBUF) is preparing for our Twenty-eighth Annual National Convention to be held in Houston, Texas from July 12-15, 2007 at the S.H.A.P.E. Community Center located at 3903 Almeda. Our convention theme this year is: Resurrecting the Black Family: Revolutionary Tools to Build the African Family, Community, & Nation.
Time has a way of moving forward and it’s hard to believe that NBUF has been in existence for twenty-eight years. It is a remarkable achievement that a Black Movement organization made up of committed volunteers, with limited resources, has survived and continues to grow and develop.
NBUF grew out of the spirit of the 1960s and 70s when African people in this country were aggressively organizing around numerous issues. The activism of the Civil Rights Movement and its challenges against legal segregation was a spark that set off the mass motion of African people in America.
The mobilization and organizing of the Civil Rights Movement transitioned into the Black Power Phase of our movement in the late 1960s sparking the renewed call for Pan Africanism and Black Nationalism.
Through the disruptive tactics of the United States Government and its counterintelligence programs (COINTEL PRO), the Black Liberation Movement in America suffered serious setbacks. Many leading activists and organizers were arrested and convicted on false charges, and continue to remain locked up, as political prisoners. Others were assassinated, such as Malcolm X, Dr. King, Fred Hampton, and Mark Clark.
By the late 1970s, the Black Liberation Movement was in serious disarray. This stimulated numerous leading Black activists, organizers, and leaders to convene a series of meetings. Twice during the latter years of the 1970s (1976-1977), in Brooklyn, New York, several organizations attempted to bridge the gap of ideological disunity among the various forces in the Black Movement and formulate a United Front.
Many of the members of NBUF can remember the all-day meetings held in the East in an attempt at national unity. But the commitment, positions, and images of most forces were fixed. The mistrust and apprehensions of the past years lingered in the memories of most participants.
However, a core group of participants, in these meetings from around the country, agreed that it was urgent that a call be made to convene the founding convention of the National Black United Front / NBUF.
The founding convention was held in Brooklyn, New York at the Old Armory in June of 1980. More than 1,000 activists from thirty-four states and five foreign countries participated in this four day convention. Rev. Herbert Daughtry was elected interim National Chairman and we approved a draft of the Constitution and By Laws. I succeeded Rev. Daughtry as Chairman in 1985.
At the second national convention, once again, held in Brooklyn in July of 1981, NBUF ratified a permanent Constitution, By Laws, and leadership structure. NBUF Chapters emerged across the country in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Washington D. C., Raleigh, Greensboro, Mississippi, Houston, Dallas, Kansas City, St. Louis, Portland, Seattle, the Bay Area, Muskegon, Lansing, Detroit, New York, New Jersey, Milwaukee, Memphis, and Chicago. Most of these chapters continue to function today― twenty-eight years later.
Over this twenty-eight year period, NBUF has organized around the following principles:
· To struggle for self determination, liberation, and power for Black People in the United States.
· To work in common struggle with African Liberation Movements and African people throughout the world.
· To build a politically conscious, unified, committed, and effective Black mass movement.
· To struggle to eliminate racism (including Zionism and Apartheid), sexism (the oppression, exploitation, and inequality of women), monopoly capitalism, colonialism, and neo-colonialism, imperialism, and national oppression.
· To maintain strict political and financial independence of the National Black United Front.
· To build unity and common struggle with oppressed peoples in the United States and throughout the world, as long as the best interest of people of African descent are not contradicted or compromised.
· To continue to struggle to maximize the unity of the Black Liberation Movement and of people of African descent; to eliminate internal violence, character assassination, and self destruction; to establish a viable process to arbitrate all major conflicts within the Black Liberation Movement and the African community.
· To continue the political/cultural revolution to create a new vision and value system and a new man, woman, and child based on the common struggle around the needs of the African majority.
NBUF believes that in order for Black people in America to become free, liberated, and independent, we must be organized. Therefore, we believe all Black people should join an organization that is working in the interest of our people. We believe that the National Black United Front is such an organization and we urge you to join us and participate in our Twenty-eighth Annual NBUF Convention.
Come out and help NBUF celebrate our Twenty-eighth year by attending our Convention Kick-Off Panel Discussion: The Value of Black Male and Female Relationships on Thursday, July 12, 2007 at the S.H.A.P.E. Community Center located at 3903 Almeda, in Houston, Texas. This Kick-Off event will begin at 7:00 p.m. Hope to see you there!
National Black United Front (NBUF)