Wednesday, May 6, 2009

May 22-24 National Black Power Conference/ Atlanta/ Malcolm X Weekend



On Friday May 22nd Saturday May 23rd, and Sunday May 24th an historic conference will be held in Atlanta Georgia.  Besides serious education, the primary purpose of the conference is to unify disjointed Black activists, organizers and leaders around a universal agenda of Black Power.  

The 2009 National Black Power Conference is also an effort to consolidate a Black or African United Front (ie: Black Power Movement) to combat immediate and pressing problems in the Black Nation.  We seek to lay a base for long term defense and development around the critical and well defined interests of our people.  

The significance of this Black Power Conference being held on Malcolm X birthday weekend is in obvious homage to the prototype, dynamic Nationalist-prophet to whose legacy we humbly walk after.    
 
If you are concerned about political prisoners, gentrification, gang violence or issues specifically pertaining to Black Women-the National Black Power Conference is for you.    If you are a Garveyite, follower of Malcolm X, Moorish Disciple of Hon. Noble Drew Ali, or love the Honorable Elijah Muhammad or any other great Black ancestor- the Black Power Conference is for you.  If you are into teaching science, self defense, activism, spiritual matters, economic possibilities, politics, hip hop, arts and entertainment, education, history,  culture, health or any real and present key issues in the Black Nation-The Black Power Conference is for you. If you are a college activist, student revolutionary or young person trying to find your role in the liberation struggle- the Black Power Conference is for you.  If the treatment of ex- felons, police brutality, racism, or the status of Hip Hop, presidential politics or health is on your mind- the National Black Power Conference is for you.  If you believe in building a nation of your own and doing for self the Black Power Conference is for you.  If you want to hear conscious rap and see revolutionary conscious art –the Black Power Conference is for you.  If you want to feel the spirit of a Black Men’s only meeting again or are trying to organize around Black Family issues-  The Black Power Conference is for you.   If you are a Crip, Blood, Vice-Lord, El-Ruk’n, Disciple, Blackstone or other street organization who wants unity-this conference is for you.   If you are an activist, organizer, conscious teacher, revolutionary, military-defense person, nation builder, businessman, or just a brother or sister or parent that wants to see Black People Organized and fighting the good fight- the National Black Power Conference in Atlanta, Georgia May 22-24th is for you.  
 
Come and Join with Dr. Leonard Jeffries (CUNY-NY), Conference Convener - Attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz (BPM-BLJ-NBPP), Professor Griff (PE), UNO The Prophet (Hip-Hop 4 Black Unity/NBPP) Dr. Khallid Al-Mansour, Chairwoman Njeree (NCOBRA), Kenny Gamble (Philly International), Dr. Charles Steele/Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Rahim Islam , Sister Darnide Cayo (Artists Village),  Winston Johnson (WINSONIC Technology), New Black Panther Party for Self Defense (NBPP),  Nation of Islam (NOI), Sister Pam Afrika (Move/Mumia), Millions More Movement (MMM), Hon. Mukassa Ricks (SNCC/BPP/AAPRP), Dr. Ali Muhammad (Phila)/International Indigenous Society (ISIS), Reverend Kenneth Glasgow, The Ordinary Peoples Society (T.O.P.S.), All African Peoples Revolutionary Party (AAPRP), National Black United Front (NBUF), Professor James Smalls (OAAU-NY), Kofi Taharka (NBUF) U.N.I.A., Chief Kamara/Sankore African Study Circle, Minister Hashim Nzingha (NBPP-ATL), Minister Divine Allah (City Council Candidate, NBPP-NJ, 5% Nation of Gods and Earths), Sis. Amirah Sankofa (NBPP-STL), Bro. Hannibal Rushadeen (NBPP-NY) Nuwaubian Nation, D.J. Greg Street (V103), Black Lawyers for Justice (BLJ) Attorney Chokwe Lumumba, CEO Mike Roberts, Minster Bryan Muhammad (MMM-Ft. Worth TX), Minister Derrick Muhammad (Houston-MMM) Republic of New Afrika, Reverend Joseph Lowery, CEMOTAP,  Dr. James McIntosh, Ashahed Muhammad (TEI-FCN NOI), Oscar Grant Organizers (Oak), Organizers from Paris, Texas, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM), UHURU Movement (IDPDUM), Attorney Yusef Muhammad (NOI-BLJ), Minister Abdul Rahman Muhammad (NOI), Bro. Kalonge/National Action Network (NAN), December 12th Movement (D12M), Megan Williams (WVA), Youth Saving Youth, Soulvivaz Nation, Jericho, Minister Najee Muhammad (NBPP-ATL), Justice Ali (NBPP-Dallas), Obi Egbuna  (Pan African Liberation Organization-PALO), Maroon Society, Attorney Mawuli Davis, Councilwoman Able Mable Thomas, Ed Brown (Brother of  Imam Jamil Al-Amin), Bro. Hodari Abdul Ali (WPFW-Wash DC), Bro. Karim Ali, Million Father March, Black Riders Liberation Party, Original Black Panther Party (BPP) In all over 50 Black Organizations will be represented.
 
Organizers from Florida, Dallas-Houston-Paris, TX, New York, Washington D.C., Virginia, Illinois, St. Louis, Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia, Alabama, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Missouri, Arkansas, Maryland, California and many other states and even London and Africa will be present May 22nd, 23rd and 24th in Atlanta, Georgia at this historic first Black Power Convention in 30 years.  
 
Dynamic weekend workshops includes:  “Health and the Black Nation”; “Black Economics and Black Power”;  “For Sisters only: Black Women and the liberation movement”; “Black Men’s only meeting: The Million Man March and beyond”; “Is Hip Hop the cause of the destruction of the Black Community?”; “Prospects for a United States of Africa”; “Black Liberation Theology:  Can we all get along?”; ”Political Prisoners: Prisoners of War”; “Black Journalists on the frontline”; “Gang Summit”; “Self Defense and Black Power”; “Police Brutality: organizers speak up”; “Tips from the Black Nations top organizers”; “Reparations:  Report from our Leadership”; "Black Music, Arts, Entertainment of Black Power" by the legendary Kenny Gamble; “Legal issues facing the Black Population”
 
Major events each evening include:

Friday 5/22 keynote by Professor Leonard Jeffries and new leaders, “Blueprint for Black Power and Message to the Next Generation”,  Saturday 5/23 Town Hall meeting keynote by Conference convener Attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz, “The Black Nation in a Time of Hope and Trouble”, Co-hosted by panel of National Black Leaders. Sunday’s 5/24 panel: “Tribute to the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad” will feature pioneers and beneficiaries of the Messenger and his legacy.  The closing address will be delivered by Dr. Khallid Al-Mansour, “Islam, Christianity and Judaism at the Crossroads: Where do we go from here?”  
 
The cases of Imam Jamil Al-Amin, Mumia Abu-Jamal and Dr. Mutulu Shakur will be key issues in this conference, as these political prisoners are suffering in this hour from unjust incarceration.  The case of Malachi Z. York will be highlighted also.

If you are into Black Music, Arts and Entertainment, several panels will fit your needs as well as conscious arts, hip-hop and poetry performances throughout the conference!
 
The conference will be an excellent venue for organizers and networking in the liberation struggle.  If you are fighting issues in your local areas it is critical you make your way to Atlanta to link up with other brothers and sisters fighting these same problems.
 
Organizational booths and tables as well as vendors will be set up in the beautiful Black-Owned Crown Plaza Hotel in Marietta Georgia. The Crown Plaza Hotel, www.crownplaza.com/atlanta-marietta, who’s physical features offers many networking, organizing or relaxing opportunities, is just ten minutes from the Atlanta Airport and twenty minutes from downtown Atlanta.  Rooms are just $79.00 per night, but group rates and multi-night discounts are available under the Black Power Conference.  

For those whose financial situation necessitates other arrangements please call (404) 229-9983 for our revolutionary grassroots alternative conference housing.  The fee for the entire conference is $25.00 for all three days or just $10.00 per day.  No Black Man or Woman wishing to attend will be turned away.  It is wise to secure your tickets ASAP by going to:
Blackpowermovement.org to reserve tickets and/or donate to our very progressive cause.


Background
 
The original Black Power Conventions, which were first held in Washington D.C. in 1966, Newark, New Jersey in 1967 and Philadelphia in 1968 were very successful.  Original Conventions included immortal leadership such as the Rep. Adam Clayton Powell, Imam Jamil Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown), Honorable Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael), Imamu Amiri Baraka, Dr. Maulana Karenga, Rev. Jesse Jackson and other leading figures of the time.  A wide range of organizations, varying from revolutionary nationalist to civil rights groups and leaders attended.  In all, thousands attended and benefited.
 
These original Black Power Conventions were successful but ultimate ideals of the Black Power movement were never fully realized due to a vicious, multifaceted attack by the enemy, which included, but was not limited to the Counterintelligence Program (COINTELPRO), masterminded by the sinister FBI boss Jay Edgar Hoover.  An over focus on political hopes, infighting within Black organizations and other corrosive internal problems also played a role in thwarting the nationalistic and noble objectives of the original Black Power Conventions and the movement in general.
 
This National Black Power Conference May 22-24th in Atlanta Georgia, the first of a series of national and international Black Power Conferences, will be held in Atlanta Georgia.  Later this year in September (2009) a second, larger National Black Power Convention shall be held in New York City on the eleventh anniversary of the Million Youth March (9/5/1998).

Some may ask: “Who is it making such a call to convene such a conference and convention?”  We answer, “We are the students and the children of Dr. Khallid Abdul Muhammad, the man responsible for Black Power being on the tongues of the people in the modern era.”  Amongst many of his achievements, Dr. Khallid was the former NOI Supreme Captain, Min. Louis Farrakhan’s National Spokesman, Hip Hop lexicon legend, NBPP National Chairman, international revolutionary leader, lecturer, Master Teacher, et. al.  One of Dr. Khallid Muhammad’s foremost accomplishments was that he put Black Power back on our consciousness and national agenda. He told his student, Dr. Malik Zulu Shabazz, “Brother, the primary purpose of the Million Youth March is to put Black Power, revolution and Pan-Africanism back on the agenda.” In making his word bond, Dr. Khallid Muhammad convened the Million Youth March in Harlem New York, September 5th 1998.  The theme was, “Black Power into the year 2000”, and the logo was a strong Black fist with a Black glove supplied New York’s December 12th Movement (Million Youth March co-conveners).  Dr. Khallid Muhammad effectively organized a coalition of nationalist organizations and leaders and the cry of “Black Power!  Black Power!  Black Power” was soon heard at rallies, lectures and in the streets all over America for the first time since the 1970’s. More than a sloganeer- as an organizer, Dr. Khallid Muhammad spearheaded the national growth and expansion of the New Black Panther Party.  Under a Black Power, Revolutionary Pan-African/Nationalist ideology, Dr. Muhammad spread the New Black Panther Party from two cities to over 30 cities in just two years as Chairman.  Thus, Black Power itself became concrete and reintroduced its invaluable presence in many cities and ghettos throughout the nation via a new generation.  
 
We want to be clear: Dr. Khallid Abdul Muhammad resurrected Black Power and Black Nationalism in America and we always considered him and still maintain that was like a Black Power ‘Mujaddid’, or the great reformer of the Black Power Movement and Black Nationalism in the hells of North America.  The New Black Panther Party is, and has been, the largest, leading proponents and practitioners of Black Power for the last 11 years.
 
Attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz, since he was an undergraduate student organizer at Howard University in 1988, has been Dr. Muhammad’s chief organizer and spokesman. Attorney Shabazz also is a successful successor in leadership to Muhammad’s chairmanship over the New Black Panther Party since the passing of Dr. Khallid in February 2001.  For most of the great events and battles of Dr. Muhammad's career, Shabazz was the chief organizer, working and laboring and planning at his side to make his agenda successful.  We who have been influenced by Dr. Khallid Muhammad have not given up the direct objective of making Black Power the primary ideology of the masses.
 
We, who are the most progressive New Black Panther Party leadership, are co-convening the Black Power Conferences because we see a serious need and desire to unit Black Organizations that are fighting in the liberation struggle.  Everywhere we travel, we see new signs that Nationalism has taken root amongst a new generation.  The Black Power Conferences of 2009 will seek to give a new generation of warriors and teachers a new voice and ultimately they will participate in a Black or African United Front or OAAU, Organization of All African Unity.
 
In December 2008, on the heels of the Barack Obama election, we initiated the Black Power Movement. Since that time we have seen an impressive response.  Over 2000 persons have pledged support to the Black Power Movement.  The National Black Power Conference in Atlanta May 22nd-24th will mark the opening agenda of the Black Power Movement and its 20 ministries.  The Black Power Conference will make clear that there is another option for Black People other than pinning all of our hopes exclusively on what happens in the White House.  Our solution is manifestly evident:  We must organize, build our movement, build our nation and learn from the mistakes of the last 30 years. We must do for ourselves, end the division, and unite for the complete and total liberation of our people.


Call (202) 397- 4577 or (404) 424-3560 Blackpowermovement.org to get on board and register yourself or your organization. Email:blackpowerconference@gmail.com

DETAILS:

2009 NATIONAL
BLACK POWER CONFERENCE.
       
What:     2009 National Black Power Conference Update

When:  Friday, May 22, Saturday, May 23, and Sunday, May 24, 2009  
              (Malcolm X  Birthday Weekend ) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Where:   Mike Roberts Crown Plaza Hotel, Marietta Georgia.  
               1775 Parkway Place Marietta Georgia
                www.crownplaza.com/atlanta-marietta
                Rooms at $79.00 per night and lower.  

Conference contacts:
 
 Phone         (202) 397-4577 and (404) 424- 3560
 Email:            blackpowerconference@gmail.com.  
 Websites:     www.blackpowermovement.org  www.newblackpanther.com  www.blfj.org  

VENDING:     Please email blackpowerconference@gmail.com

Sponsor:  Black Power Movement, New Black Panther Party, Black Lawyers for Justice

If you desire to attend or are an activist, organizational representative or leader we want to hear from you right away!


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