50 Years After the Historic 1972 National Black Political Convention, the Same Questions Stay Unanswered.
In the run up to the 2020 election, many Black voters feel the political parties ignore them or take their votes for granted. The release of a newly-restored film, NATIONTIME by William Greaves, about the historic National Black Political Convention of 1972 underscores how this neglect of Black interests has remained for the last 50 years.
Join us on Friday, October 30th at 5:30 p.m. for a discussion focused on Black voters and the continued resonance of the 1972 Convention, which inspired the August 2020 Black National Convention hosted by the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL).
We will hear from veteran social and political activist Dr. Ron Daniels, who was an organizer of the 1972 convention, Greg Tate, writer, musician and “cultural provocateur" and Tracey Wood Mendelsohn, social activist, educator and co-principal of Human Impact Solutions.
The conversation will be moderated by FPA President Ian Williams.
Over 10,000 Black politicians, activists, and artists from across the political spectrum gathered at the 1972 convention, including Coretta Scott King, Pan-Africanist artist and activist Amiri Baraka, Dr. Betty Shabazz, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale. NATIONTIME is narrated by Sidney Poitier with poems by Harry Belafonte. Actor Jane Fonda and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Trust funded the restoration.
We invite members to see this important film before Friday’s discussion which will take place on Zoom.
When you sign up to join the discussion, you will get the code to view the film.
Social and political activist Dr. Ron Daniels was an independent candidate for President of the United States in 1992.
He served as Executive Director of The National Rainbow Coalition in 1987 and Southern Regional Coordinator and Deputy Campaign Manager for the Jesse Jackson for President Campaign in 1988.
He holds a B.A. in History from Youngstown State University, an M.A. in Political Science from the Rockefeller School of Public Affairs in Albany, New York and a Doctor of Philosophy in Africana Studies from the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati.
Dr. Daniels is a Distinguished Lecturer Emeritus at York College, City University of New York where he taught courses in Political Science. From 1993-2005 Dr. Daniels served as the first African American Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR).
During his tenure CCR emerged as a major force fighting against police brutality and misconduct, church burnings, hate crimes, voter disenfranchisement, environmental racism and the threats to civil liberties posed by the Government’s response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.A prolific essayist and commentator, Dr. Daniels’ column Vantage Point appears in numerous Black and progressive newspapers and websites nationwide.
He is also the host of a weekly issue-oriented public affairs talk show (Vantage Point Radio) on WBAI, 99.5 FM on the Pacifica Network in New York.
Dr. Daniels is Founder and President of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), a progressive, African centered, action-oriented Resource Center dedicated to empowering people of African descent and marginalized communities.
Greg Tate is a writer, musician and cultural provocateur who lives on Harlem’s Sugar Hill.
His books include Flyboy In The Buttermilk (1992), Everything But The Burden - What White People Are Taking From Black Culture (2004) and Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate Reader (Duke University Press 2016).
Tate has also led the Conducted Improv band Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber since 1999, and is a proud member of Howard University’s Bison Nation. He has been Visiting Faculty at Yale, Columbia, Brown, Williams, and, most recently, Princeton.
The FPA President was thrown out of the University of Liverpool (UK) in 1970 for helping organize an occupation of its Senate House over investments in Apartheid South Africa. He agrees progress has been very, very limited.