Mark S. Allen
Chairman Of The Board
Black Wall Street Chicago Organization
Chief of Staff To National Chairman Rev. Michael Carter
National Black Wall Street USA
4655 South King Drive, Suite 203
Chicago, Illinois 60653
NATIONAL BLACK WALL STREET LEADERS JOINS REV. JESSE L. JACKSON SR
AND THE RAINBOW/PUSH COALITION IN TODAYS COMMEMORATION OF THE 40TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1ST NATIONAL BLACK POLITICAL CONVENTION OF GARY INDIANA IN MARCH, 1972
Mark S. Allen, Chairman Of The Board Black Wall Street Chicago Organization,
Chief of Staff To National Chairman Rev. Michael Carter National Black Wall Street USA, and a former national staff member to Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr and The Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, today offered the public support of the local and national Black Wall Street Organizations to the Saturday Morning Forum, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition as they commemorate the significance of the first National Black Political Convention held in March, 1972 and its impact on the election of blacks to local, state, county and national offices in the United States. The National Black Wall Street Organization recently held it 2nd National Delegates Convention In Gary Indiana in recognition of Gary's historic former and new political significance.
The National Black Political Convention was held in Gary, Indiana on March 10, 1972 at Westside High School. It convened 8,000 African Americans from labor, film, media, business, faith institutions, civil rights organizations, community based organizations and grassroots organizers from across the United States. Those who gathered at the event developed and published a unified black political agenda that addressed poverty, unemployment and and and the status of blacks elected to city, county and state offices in major urban markets.
Rev Jackson recalls, “Getting the right to vote in ’65 was the beginning of a process, but the convention in Gary solidified the sense of focus. This convention was overwhelming. It could not be turned around.” Rev. Jackson went on to say, “It was important to have it in a city where the first black mayor of a northern city was the host. We couldn’t have had the same convention if the climate had been hostile. Mayor Richard Hatcher was the driving force. He chaired the concept of a national convention into reality.”
Today, as the Republican primaries continue and the 2012 Election Day nears, Rev. Jackson stresses the need for African Americans to reconvene and prepare our platform. We must continue to celebrate the joy of having the White House occupied by President Barack Obama, and at the same time fight to elect Africans to state legislative seats, US Congress and to those county and city offices that implement the national policies. We must think globally and act locally. Our coming together now is essential because in American today blacks remain in the hull of the ship and the water’s rising. There is growing sense of desperation.”
From generation to generation we applaud Rev. Jackson today at The Rainbow/PUSH Forum and broadcast for convening together former Mayor Richard Gordon Hatcher and Karen Freeman-Wilson, new Mayor of Gary and first ever African-American female elected as mayor in the state of Indiana. The National Black Wall Street organization under Mark Allen leadership has established a new Midwest Regional Office at 4655 South King Drive, Suite 203 which also historically was the same building that once housed Jackson's local offices of Dr. Martin Luther King's SCLC Operation Breadbasket Economic Empowerment Project, and the organization is committed to working with Rev. Jesse L. Jackson and our Gary Indiana members with new Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson with other intergenerational leaders and the renewed local and national economic and political empowerment from Gary Indiana.
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