April 9, 2016, The Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations’ Annual National Conference took place at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Harlem (NY) . The free day-long conference titled “The 2016 Elections and the Struggle for Self-Determination” attracted hundreds of Harlem residents, as well as leaders of African self-determination movement and supporters of Black power. The confrence was actually dedicated to the current U.S. presidential elections, presidential candidates and the issue of Black future and struggle.
A powerful program of the BIBC conference included bright speech and political analysis from Chairman Omali Yeshitela of the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP). Among other speakers they were Glen Forde and Margaret Kimberly of the Black Agenda Report (BAR), Nellie Bailey of the Harlem Tenants Council, New York State Assemblyman Charles Barron and other key members of the Coalition.
Lisa Davis of the Healthcare Working Group presented a critical report on the Flint water poisoning in Michigan. Kamm Howard of the Reparations working group presented on the question of reparations for Africans. One of the most critical issues, like the importance of the demand for black community control of the police, was raised by Diop Olugbala of the Black Community Control of the Police Working Group.
The organizers of the conference intended to bring the residents of Harlem back into political light and back into revolutionary mindset, to motivate Africans to demand Black Power. The goal of the conference was successfully reached. The event was attended by people from all over the United States––from the Tri-State area to the west coast to Florida and Alabama.
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