Mar 10

March 10th, 1972: The First Black U.S. Political Convention

On this day in 1972, the first black U.S. political convention opens in Gary, Indiana.

Spearheaded by Gary Mayor Richard Hatcher, poet and activist Amiri Baraka, and U.S. Rep. Charles C. Diggs, Jr. of Detroit, the meetings are designed to create a comprehensive and unified agenda for the nation’s 22 million African-Americans.

Held at Westside High School, the three-day event attracts 8,000 Republicans, Democrats, nationalists, Socialists, and independents from 45 states and the District of Columbia.

Those attending include Jesse Jackson, Walter E. Fauntroy, Ronald V. Dellums, Richard Roundtree, Bobby Seale, Louis Farrakhan, Barbara Jordan, and Julian Bond. Among the Detroit attendees are recording artist Kim Weston; state Sen. Coleman A. Young, state Rep. Morris Hood, Jr., and Diggs.


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