The National Black Political Convention Collection.
On 10–12 March 1972, several thousand African Americans gathered in Gary, Indiana, for the #NationalBlackPoliticalConvention. The convention pulled together a cross section of people representing a wide range of political philosophies. Held at Westside High School, the event brought together Republicans, Democrats, nationalists,
Socialists, and independents.
The steering committee consisted of Gary mayor, #RichardGHatcher, U.S. representative #CharlesC.Diggs, and #ImamuBaraka (also known as poet #LeRoiJones). The convention was a culmination of a series of earlier meetings, mostly held in 1971. The purpose of the meetings was to develop a unified political strategy for African Americans from 1972 forward.
Convened by Diggs, the first planning session for the 1972 convention was held in Washington, D.C., 30 January 1972. A convenor was identified for every participating state. Delegates were selected from statewide political caucuses. (All blacks holding elective office in a state automatically qualified as state delegates.) In addition to the steering committee, participants listed on the program for the three-day conference included #CarlStokes, #LouisStokes, #YvonneBraithwaite, #JesseJackson, #WalterEFauntroy, #RonaldVDellums, #RichardRoundtree, #BobbySeale, #LouisFarrakhan, #VincentHarding, #PatriciaPatterson, #KimWeston, #BarbaraJordan, and #JulianBond.
An ambitious agenda included numerous issues, most of which did not and have not materialized. Several of these issues have resurfaced and continue to be part of political discussions of other groups. Issues listed on the agenda of the National Black Political Convention included:
Home rule for the District of Columbia;
Establishment of national network of community health centers;
Establishment of system of national health insurance;
Elimination of capital punishment;
Creation of a new urban-based Homestead Act;
Government guarantee of minimum annual income of $5200 for fam..