The second National Black Political Convention met in Little Rock, Arkansas and approved several resolutions to support Black America.
1974 (Mar 15 - 17)
The second National Black Political Convention met in Little Rock, Arkansas. The seventeen hundred delegates approved several resolutions, including (1) the creation of a Black united fund of about $10 million to further convention agenda items, local organization within the United States, and to develop projects to aid African nations; (2) the condemnation of Black congressmen who had voted for military aid to Israel while ignoring the plight of Palestinian refugees; and (3) support of African liberation movements. The delegates rejected a resolution calling Israel a major instrument of an American-supported “world strategy of monopoly," and another that sought to establish an all-Black political party. Opponents of the latter resolution argued that the convention had not done enough local organizational work to effectively build such a party. The convention was seriously split, as it had been in 1972, between those arguing for a Black separatist approach to political organization and those who favored a continuation of ties with existing political structures. Black elected officials, such as Mayor Richard B. Hatcher of Gary, Indiana, and Democrat Congressman Ronald V. Dellums of California, led those who urged the convention to remain an inclusive organization, embracing and tolerating different ideologies. Black separatist spokesmen, lead by Newark's Imamu Amiri Baraka, accused the more conservative delegates of espousing neocolonialism and opportunism. Baraka said Blacks should build an anti-capitalist revolutionary ideology and operate as a separate political force. NAACP leaders again boycotted the convention and drew the ire of the co-chairman Mayor Hatcher. Many Black elected officials, including veteran Congressman Charles C. Diggs of Michigan (co-chairman of the 1972 convention), were also criticized for being conspicuously absent.