Is the Black Vote Being Taken For Granted?


Free Virtual Event: October 30 @ 5:30 pm ET

50 Years After the Historic 1972 National Black Political Convention, the Same Questions Stay Unanswered. 

 In the run up to the 2020 election, many Black voters feel the political parties ignore them or take their votes for granted. The release of a newly-restored film, NATIONTIME by William Greaves, about the historic National Black Political Convention of 1972 underscores how this neglect of Black interests has remained for the last 50 years.    

Join us on Friday, October 30th at 5:30 p.m. for a discussion focused on Black voters and the continued resonance of the 1972 Convention, which inspired the August 2020 Black National Convention hosted by the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL).

We will hear from veteran social and political activist Dr. Ron Daniels, who was an organizer of the 1972 convention, Greg Tate, writer, musician and “cultural provocateur” and Tracey Wood Mendelsohn, social activist, educator and co-principal of Human Impact Solutions.

The conversation will be moderated by FPA President Ian Williams.

Over 10,000 Black politicians, activists, and artists from across the political spectrum gathered at the 1972 convention, including Coretta Scott King, Pan-Africanist artist and activist Amiri Baraka, Dr. Betty Shabazz, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale. NATIONTIME is narrated by Sidney Poitier with poems by Harry Belafonte. Actor Jane Fonda and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Trust funded the restoration. 

We invite members to see this important film before Friday’s discussion which will take place on Zoom.

When you sign up to join the discussion, you will get the code to view the film. 

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