The National Black Peoples Unity Convention is underway at West Side High School in Gary, Ind., the same location as the National Black Political Convention in 1972. In “revisiting politics and policy,” the organizers hope to develop “new ideas and new concepts that will merge our political power with our economic needs.”
Convention Co-Chair Bill Lucy, a longtime friend, told me that the overarching goal of the convention was to address the unfinished business of Gary – black economic empowerment. While there has been a dramatic growth in the number of black elected officials over the last 34 years, there has not been a commensurate growth in black economic participation:
The broad aim of this convention is to bring together the collective wisdom, creativity and resources in our community, to map out a bold economic agenda that will unite us in communities of color across the nation.
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