June 7, 1999
Dear Sisters and Brothers:
It seems like only yesterday that the founding convention of the National Black United Front (NBUF) took place. It was June 26–29, 1980 at the Old Armory in Brooklyn, New York that more than one thousand activists from thirty-four states and five foreign countries came together to launch the National Black United Front Movement.
Every year since the founding convention, we have held our national convention in late June, July, or early August. This year marks our Twentieth National Convention of the National Black United Front and we should all be proud of our work in the Black Liberation Movement over this twenty-year period.
In this twenty-year period, NBUF has related to, and organized around, numerous issues that have impacted on the African World Community. Whether it was combating the numerous cases of police brutality in New York and other urban centers, NBUF was there. Whether it was fighting to save people from the death penalty in Texas and Chicago, NBUF was there.
NBUF has constantly challenged the racism and white supremacist public policy positions of the Criminal Justice System and to that end our Prison Correspondence Program keeps us in contact with our sisters and brothers behind the walls throughout America.
NBUF was at the forefront of the Free South Africa Movement and played a leading role in forcing economic sanctions against South Africa's Apartheid regime. Our picketing entertainers who were on the South African Entertainers Hit List for performing in South Africa, against the will of the movement in South Africa, brought great public attention to the plight of our brothers and sisters in that region of the world.
Our work with the New Jewel Movement in Grenada was significant. Whether it was the Summer Work Study Project working on the runway at the airport or volunteering in the schools, NBUF was there.
Also, in our international work, the Women's Section of NBUF organized a delegation of NBUF sisters who attended the United Nations World Conference of Women, held in Nairobi, Kenya, July 10–19, 1985. The NBUF Sisters made a significant contribution at this conference by networking with African women from all over the world and presenting a paper on "The Presence of African Women in America."
NBUF was there for Rev. Jesse Jackson's presidential run and the successful mayoral bids of Africans in America in Chicago, New York, Seattle, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Houston. Also, NBUF participated in other electoral campaigns for seats in Congress and State offices in several districts around the country. In fact one of our own, Rev. Jew Don Boney, won a council seat in Houston, Texas. NBUF member Marilyn Simmons successfully obtained a school board seat in Kansas City, Missouri.
NBUF played a key role in the efforts to organize the African American Leadership Summits. Also, NBUF members were key organizers in the historic Million Man March.
On the educational front, over the last ten years, NBUF has been, and continues to be, the key grassroots organizers in the African Centered Education Movement. Our World African Centered Education Plan is a model for addressing the various areas of education.
As a response to revelations that the CIA was involved in the explosion of crack/cocaine in the African communities in America, NBUF launched a historic Genocide Petition Campaign Against the United States Government's Genocidal Policies. This Genocide Petition Campaign produced over 200,000 signatures and an NBUF led delegation traveled to the United Nations Human Rights Center in Geneva, Switzerland and presented these petitions and other evidence on behalf of African people in America.
NBUF has consistently sponsored a variety of cultural programs throughout the United States, including our Frontliners Album Project, our sponsorship of Kwanzaa Programs, and African Liberation Day activities. This has been a key part of NBUF's work.
From our Frontline Newsletter, NBUF website, letters, phone calls, and the traditional grapvine, NBUF communicates with the world.
Most importantly, in our organizing efforts, NBUF has maintained strict financial independence and has recently become a certified organization with the National Black Federation of Charities, an arm of the National Black United Fund. We are now able to receive donations through payroll deductions from people in the federal workplace throughout the world.
Finally, NBUF has succeeded in obtaining its own National Headquarters building in Calumet Park, Illinois. NBUF's Houston Chapter has also acquired its own building headquarters.
So in this regard, we welcome you to Kansas City, Missouri to the Twentieth National Convention of the National Black United Front! We hope your participation will inspire you to go back to your local areas and continue to carry out the great work of NBUF.
Long Live NBUF, Twenty Years and Counting! Hotep / Peace!
Yours in the Struggle,
Conrad W. Worrill