The Last Time Black People Met Like This, America Was On Fire

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Briona Lamback
July 13, 2022

In the wake of the 1967 Newark rebellion, where hundreds of folks were injured, the Black Power Conference united various Black leaders from across the diaspora to discuss the liberation movement's future.

Amiri Baraka led the conference while healing from injuries caused by police brutality. He and Floyd McKissick, Charles 27X Kenyatta, Rap Brown, and leaders from Nigeria and Bermuda shared strategies to dismantle white supremacy.

For three days, leaders from the NAACP, the Urban League, Afro-American Unity, and other groups strategized and created programs aimed at helping Black youth, overcoming economic and financial difficulties, and fighting systemic racism.

They even created a Black Power Manifesto to promote a Black philosophy of unity, demanding reparations for enslavement and an end to the global oppression that affects all of our people.

The Black Power Conference is the largest group of Black leaders ever to come together in such a powerful way. Now, more than ever is the time to revisit this type of Black think tank. Our lives depend on our unity!

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