The National Black Political Convention of 1972 is an important part of our history. As folks committed to building an independent and progressive political party committed to serving the needs of this nation's people, rather than the greed of its plutocracy, it is important to understand the work which prepared the way, that we honor the shoulders on which we stand.
The Gary Convention predates the first meeting of US Greens by twelve years. Leonard Mzee Tate, a founding and interim officers for the Georgia Green Party, back in 1995 and 1996 when we were first filing our paperwork with the state, came to his work to create this Party having as a young man attended the Gary Convention, twenty-three years earlier. It was Mzee, from whom I first learned a small piece of this history. Note please that the platform articulated in Gary is the one we are still struggling to deliver to the people of this nation, today.
In the bold words of the National Black Political Agenda, adopted by those gathered in Gary forty years ago:
"At every critical moment of our struggle in America we have had to press relentlessly against the limits of the 'realistic' to create new realities for the life of our people. This is our challenge at Gary and beyond, for a new Black politics demands new vision, new hope and new definitions of the possible. Our time has come. These things are necessary. All things are possible."
Please follow the Read More links to read the entire Gary Declaration.