FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 12, 2009
2009 NATIONAL BLACK POWER CONFERENCE AGENDA RELEASED
Historic Conference, First in over 35 Years, Targets Organizational Unity and Addresses Current Problems
Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) - For the first time in 35 years a National Black Power Conference in being held. Momentum is building rapidly as national lecturers, leaders, activists, organizations and Blacks from across the country descend on the luxurious Black-owned Crown Plaza hotel in Marietta, Georgia-just minutes from the Atlanta Airport and Downtown Atlanta. According to National Black Power Conference convener Attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz, National Chairman of the New Black Panther Party, "The Black Power Conference is already a must attend because of the diversity, history, brilliance and tenacity of the leaders, teachers artists and organizers scheduled to gather and present this Friday through Sunday, May 22nd through the 24th. The Black Power Conference". This is a long overdue coming together of Black Muslims, Black Panthers, SCLC, Black Nationalists, Pan Africanists, Human and Civil Rights Activists from all over the Black nation".
The Black Power Conference was first convened in Washington (1966), Newark (1967) and Philadelphia (1968). Variations were held thru the 1970's. Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichal), Imam Jamil al Amin (H. Rap Brown) Adam Clayton Powell, Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones) Maulana Karanga (US) were all key figures. Now in 2009, the Black Power Movement, a broad based umbrella movement initiated by Attorney Shabazz and the New Black Panthers seeks to address current ills and hot issues in the Black Community by inviting and uniting over 50 Black Organizations and leaders to this powerful weekend summit.
Dr. Leonard Jeffries- City University New York and conference co-convener states, "We must have a clear analysis and definition of Black Power. As we see the rise of the Obama's and the world eye focused on Black Peoples here in America, we must understand that power in the White House alone will not free us. We must have a plan, and this conference is a key piece in the puzzle to develop the structure to carry out such plan. This conference is historic. Not in 35 years have such a diverse group of nationalist national activists and gathered under a common theme and purpose.
What: 2009 National Black Power Conference
When: Friday, May 22, through Sunday, May 24, 2009
(Malcolm X Birthday Weekend ) in Atlanta, Georgia.
Where: Crown Plaza Hotel, Marietta Georgia
1775 Parkway Place Marietta Georgia
Rooms at $79.00 per night and lower
(Just minutes from Airport and Downtown Atlanta)
VENDING: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call contact #
SPONSORS: Black Power Movement, New Black Panther Party, Black Lawyers for Justice
2009 NATIONAL BLACK POWER CONFERENCE AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS
FRIDAY, MAY 22nd (Day 1)
12:00-5:00pm Registration, Film Series and Reception
6:00-10:00pm Theme: " Hip Hop, History and the Next Generation"
Youth Leaders and College Students
Professor Griff - Lecturer, legendary rap group Public Enemy
UNO The Prophet - Hip Hop Artist (Hip-Hop 4 Black Unity/ NBPP)
NYOIL - (Hip Hop Artist-NYC)
Dr. Ali Muhammad - International Indigenous Society (ISIS), Philadelphia, PA
Dr. Wesley Muhammad (True Islam) - Scholar, Author 'Encyclopedia of the Black God"
Subject "Black Power and the Black God"
Sister Pam Africa - International Friends and Family of Mumia Abu Jamal
Mukassa Ricks - SNCC - Black Panthers-AAPRP - Black Power Legend
Dr. Charles Steele - Southern Christian Leadership Conference (fmr. President 2005-2009)
Subject "The Need for Unity"
SATURDAY, MAY 23RD (Day 2)
Black Power Workshop Highlights:
"Black Journalists on the Frontlines" -- Ashahed Muhammad- Final Call Newspaper, TEI Institute, world traveler. Hodari Abdul Ali -(WPFW Washington D.C./ world traveler) lead a panel of newspersons baptized in liberation journalism.
"Health is Wealth" -- Dr Ali Muhammad-(ISIS), Khufu, other health experts and herbalists give facts and advice on how to keep our warriors and families healthy in a hostile environment.
"Self Defense and Black Power" -- Members of the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense and other Black defense oriented groups have an intense interactive workshop that deals with variety of threats facing the Black Community including: The police, white supremacists, negative forces in the Black Nation, biological warfare and other threats will all be discussed. Exhibitions and demonstrations will highlight session.
"Black Men's Only Meeting: The Million Man March and Beyond" -- Brother Kofi Taharka- National Black United Front leader, Brother Kalonge Tate- National Action Network, Abdul Sharrief Muhammad- Atlanta NOI-former NOI Supreme Captain, Karriem Ali- Million Fathers March, Chief Kamara UNIA, Sankore African Study Circle. Reverend Kenneth Glasgow, The Ordinary Peoples Society (T.O.P.S.- Alabama), Minister Divine Allah- Trenton NJ Council Candidate/ NBPP and other Black Men will host a soulful and spirited workshop on the challenges and duties of the Black Man going into 2010.
"For Sisters only: Black Women, Society and the Liberation Movement" -- Powerful Panel of Black Women including Njeree Alganee- NCOBRA, Sister Pam Africa, Darnide Cayo- Artists Village, the women from the Nation of Islam, New Black Panther Party and others team up for a serious Women's Only forum that covers motherhood, sexism, and other key issues facing sisters in society and the movement.
"Hip Hop, Black Power and Revolution?" -- V-103's D.J. Greg Street, Representatives from the Zulu Nation, Professor Griff, NY Oil, Uno The Prophet, Block Entertainment and other industry heads give their spin on where Hip Hop is and how it will affect the peoples mindset in the near future. Is hip hop headed for revolution?
"Black Economics and Black Power" -- Mike Roberts Jr. (son of Crown Plaza-Marietta Owner Mike Roberts heads up a panel of economic leaders, real estate entrepreneurs and other African Centered business people who give expert advice on how the billions of dollars we spend in the Black Community and Black World must be used for ourselves.
"Black Nations Top Organizers" -- Expert activists Dr. James Mcintosh (CEMOTAP-NY), Minister Bryan Muhammad (Millions More Movement-South Reg.), Olinka Green (Dallas & Paris, Texas), and representatives form Malcolm X Grassroots Movement breakdown the tactics and strategies on motivating the people for a cause.
"Police Brutality: Organizers Speak Up" -- From Oscar Grant to Sean Bell. Legendary revolutionary Attorney Chokwe Lumumba (City Council- Jackson Mississippi) and panelists from around the nation will share lessons learned from fighting police harassment, murder and killing.
"Reparations: Report from our Leadership" -- NCOBRA, December 12th movement, Lost Found Nation Of Islam and other National Reparations activists give actual facts on the status of the Reparations Movement.
"Black Music, Arts, Entertainment and Black Power" -- The legendary Kenny Gamble of Philadelphia International Records, Darnide Cayo of Artists Village, and Tim Reid (Millennium Studios), Winston Johnson (WINSONIC Technology), host session on what the arts and culture have meant, and will mean to the liberation of our people.
SATURDAY CONFERENCE MAIN EVENT/ TOWN HALL MEETING
Dr. Leonard Jeffries - City University New York, senior historian and Pan Africanist
Subject: "Blueprint for Black Power"
Attorney Chokwe Lumumba (City Council-Jackson MS, RNA, MXGRM-legend)
Attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz - Black Power Conference Convener, New Black Panther Party Chairman, Founder- Black Lawyers for Justice
Subject: 'The Black Nation in a Time of Hope and Crisis"
Representatives from: Paris Texas lynchings; Oscar Grant Killings in Oakland; Megan Williams West Virginia Hate Crime case; Augusta, Georgia police killings; and representatives from 15 Black Organizations will update conference on a variety of issues such as: Racism, President Barack Obama, Police killings, gentrification, violence, education, Africa, attempts to exterminate the Black population, and other hot button issues.
Revolutionary Hip Hop And Poetry -- Uno The Prophet, NY Oil, Jasiri X, Maroon Society Head Up a Strong Roster of Revolutionary Rappers, Poets and Performers
SUNDAY, MAY 22ND (Day 3)
"Prospects for a United States of Africa" -- Dr. Leonard Jeffries Hodari Abdul Ali, The December 12th Movement, Hon. Mukassa Ricks and others deal with Sudan, Zimbabwe and African issues from an eyewitness perspective.
"Black Liberation Theology: Can we all get along?" -- The Black Muslim, Hebrew Israelite, Nuwaubian, Christian , Khametic and African Spiritual Practitioners determine whether religion and spirituality can unify and liberate or divide and separate.
"Gang Summit" -- Chief Kamara hosts street organization activists and members or ex members of the Crips, Bloods, Vice Lords and El Ruk'ns discuss Gangs, street organizations and the possibilities for unity
Tribute to the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad" -- Panel will feature pioneers, beneficiaries and students of the Messenger and his legacy. Min. Abdul Rahman (NOI- Louis Farrakhan). Dr. Wesley Muhammad (True Islam-5% Nation of God's and Earths), Representatives of Hon. Silis Muhammad, Imam Akbar Karim Bilal and others will bear witness.
"Political Prisoners: Prisoners of War" -- Representatives from Prisoners Troy Davis, Mutulu Shakur, Jericho, Mumia Abu Jamal, Malachi Z York and other political prisoners give the status and needs of Americas not so secret shame- Political Prisoners
Tribute and Fundraiser to Imam Jamil Al Amin
Keynote Speaker Imam Siraj Wahaaj (Al Taqwa Mosque--Brooklyn) Ed Brown (Brother of Imam Jamil AL Amin) and a variety of supporters of wrongly incarcerated political prisoner Imam Jamil Al Amin.
The conference is a hot venue for organizers and networking in the liberation struggle. Vendors will benefit as well.
The Crown Plaza Hotel, www.crownplaza.com/atlanta-marietta, offers many networking, organizing and relaxing opportunities. Hotel is just ten minutes from the Atlanta Airport and twenty minutes from downtown Atlanta. Discount rooms are just $79.00 per night (normally $150.00) The fee for the entire conference is just $25.00 for all three days or $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.
The Atlanta Chapter of the New Black Panther Party and Minister Hashim Nzinga are working hard to make it happen. Organizers from 27 states, London, and Africa will be present May 22nd, 23rd and 24th in Atlanta, Georgia for this historic first Black Power Convention in 35 years.
Call (202) 397-4577 or (404) 424-3560 Blackpowermovement.org to get on board and register yourself or your organization.