On August 21, 1987, Imari Obadele, president of Republic of New Afrika (RNA), at the urging of Dorothy Benton Lewis, leader of the Black Reparations Commission, issues a call to come to Washington, D.C. to discuss, among other things, development of a campaign for reparations.

Five organizing meetings are held from September 1987 until April 1989. Vincent Godwin (now Kalonji Olusegun) chairs the meetings representing the convening organization, the Foreign Affairs Task Force of the RNA.

 

 

Reference:  Adjoa A. Aiyetoro, The National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA): Its Creation and Contribution to the Reparations Movement,in Should America Pay?: Slavery and the Raging Debate on Reparations(ed. Raymond A. Winbush, PhD 2003) at p. 211

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