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365 DAYS OF BLACK POLITICS or the AWAKENING OF A BLACK GIANT The Black Convention held in Gary, Indiana, March 1972, and the organization of the Black Assembly has shown the world that Blacks of all shades are going to the "Think Tanks." It is without a doubt that Black America now knows that politics is a business and that Black America must not be found guilty of bad bookkeeping - poorly packaged merchandise - empty shelfs - poor customer relationships - and not staying abreast of the changing market. These indulgences spell mis-management - thus, Political Bankruptcy. The realization by Blacks that politics is a 365 day job has been a long time coming and there is a long way to go. The Goal is only in view, the journey has not yet been made. Blacks have finally realized that an election of a Black in a "spot" is not political success for a people. Nevertheless, the structuring of a business to oversee the development of territories, the retaining and maintaining of districts - so that reapportionment be a device used to increase Black representation, not to decrease it. Blacks must structure in such a manner that the election of a Black to a legislative position is only the punctuation mark placed at the finish of a well rounded sentence. Blacks must structure in such a manner that a Black does not go to represent but is sent to represent with portfolio. Such a structure must be run with the skill and the firmness of a Master Craftsman. Blacks are ready. The White mist has been wiped away in spots. Blacks have agreed to the life saving amputations; Blacks have burned down the separating walls. Blacks must pluck out the eye that offends. Blacks must not be beaten over the head with their own hammer. The clouds have parted and we can now see the "top of the Mountain." The Journey must now begin. How do we ascend? Do we walk side by side 50 million strong? Or do we fall into line one behind the other creating a line of human strength from the beginning to the end - from the depth of the valley to the top of the mountain - creating an escalator upon which our couriers and our implementors of the Black Political Thrust may travel? "To succeed, a caucus must have leadership that is not wedded to the traditional political parties, or the leadership must be a personality new to politics. A successful caucus means hard work, the dirty grubby work that Blacks have not yet understood has to be done," a Black accredited leader has said. The Convention signaled the end of hip pocket politics, and the awakening of a "Black Political Giant." The question is - will this Black Political Giant (Continued on page 36) DELEGATE, 1972 The Anthology and Voice of the Black Convention Delegate MELPAT ASSOCIATES • Producers 2225 Fifth Avenue MEL PATRICK, President and Publisher HILDA STOKELY Exec. Vice President (212) FO 8-5559 ANN PATRICK Secretary and Treasurer (212) 566-4568 3 Table of Contents 6-8 Pan Hellenic Council, National and New York 13-15 Supreme Council of Prince Hall Masons, Northern District Convention - N.Y. 17-19 National Association Market Developers - Expo 71 20-21 You Can't Beat City Hall - Story 24-25 Ralph Bunche - Eulogy 26 Welcome to Miami 27-31 National Newspaper Publisher 32-33 Mid Winter Meetings of National Newspaper Publishers 35 Adam Powell Memorial Pictures 36-41 National Black Political Convention 46-47 Meet Logan Westbrook 50 Welcome to Detroit 51-58 N.A.A.C.P. Convention 59 Wright and Williams - Stories 60-63 Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority Convention 64 Five - A Seagram Story 74-75 An Ashe Happening 76-77 Travel Executive Seminar 78 Tufts (Dr. Robert Albert of Tufts) - Story 80-81 Doll League Flight to Nowhere - Story 83 Humphrey - Democratic Party Convention 86-87 Welcome to California - California Politicians 88-89 National Insurance Convention 91-95 National Urban League Convention 100 National Council of Black Women 101 National Republican Convention 102-103 American Bridge Association Convention 105-107 Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Convention 109-113 Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Convention 115-117 National Drifters Convention 118-125 National Association of Business and Professional Negro Womens' Clubs 127-130 Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority 136-139 National Funeral Directors 141-146 Womens' Auxiliary to National Dental Association 148-149 Pan African Games 150 Welcome to Colorado - Representative Brown 151-154 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Convention 155-158 Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Convention 160 Welcome to Connecticut 161 Circlettes 164-165 Shriners Convention 166-167 Daughters of Isis 171-176 National Medical Association Convention 178-181 Womens' Auxiliary to National Medical Association 182-183 National Distillers 186-191 National Church Ushers' Convention 193 Welcome to Atlanta 194-196 Media Womens' Convention 197-200 Black Caucus 201-204 National Postal Alliance 205-208 369th Vets Association 210-212 Adam Powell Memorial Part 2 215-220 Oak Bluff, Mass. - Story 221-222 Supreme Council of Prince Hall Masons, Southern Jurisdiction 224 They Also Meet in 1972 3
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