Then, in June 1980, the meeting is held in Brooklyn, New York, at the Old Armory. More than one thousand activists from thirty-four states and five foreign countries participate in a four-day convention. Rev. Herbert Daughtry is elected interim national chairman (later followed by Professor Conrad W. Worrill), and a draft of the constitution and bylaws is approved. In July 1981, at the second national convention, NBUF ratifies a permanent constitution, bylaws, and leadership structure. NBUF chapters emerges across the country in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Raleigh, Greensboro, Mississippi, Houston, Dallas, Kansas City, St. Louis, Portland, Seattle, the Bay Area, Muskegon, Lansing, Detroit, New York, New Jersey, Milwaukee, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. NBUF is organized around these principles:
- To struggle for self-determination, liberation, and power for African 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 African mass movement.
- To struggle to eliminate racism (including Zionism and apartheid), sexism (the oppression, exploitation, and inequality of women), monopoly capitalism, colonialism, neocolonialism, 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 interests of people of African descent are not contradicted or compromised.
- To continue to struggle to maximize the unity of the African Liberation Movement and 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 African 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.
Reference: Conrad W. Worrill, The National Black United Front and the Reparations Movement,inShould America Pay?: Slavery and the Raging Debate on Reparations(ed. Raymond A. Winbush, PhD 2003) at pp. 204-06Back to Timeline