Washington, D.C. National Million Man March/Day of Absence Organizing Committee, 1995. vii,22pp. Original cream wrappers, stapled. Lower right forecorner of front wrapper creased, light soiling and a few stains to wrappers and the lower margin of the final six leaves, otherwise quite clean internally. Ownership inscription on titlepage, price label on rear wrapper. Good plus. Item #WRCAM56302
Uncommon printing of the National Million Man March/Day of Absence Organizing Committee's mission statement, composed in the year following Louis Farrakhan's Million Man March on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The Preface by the Executive Council describes the statement as "collective in both conception and completion," though the text itself was written by Maulana Karenga. Karenga begins by highlighting the place of African Americans at this time in American history, focusing on issues of racism, classism, sexism, as well as notably unequal social and environmental conditions in which many African Americans live. He discusses the country's "dangerous and repressive turn to the right," which produces "policies with negative impact on people of color, the poor and the vulnerable; and the urgent need for transformative and progressive leadership...." Evoking earlier leaders of the civil rights movement, he discusses the Committee's commitment to reaffirm "the best values of our social justice tradition which require respect for the dignity and rights of the human person, economic justice, meaningful political participation, shared power, cultural integrity, mutual respect for all people and uncompromising resistance to social forces and structures which deny or limit these." The Statement goes on to explain that they will work toward "an economic bill of rights, universal, full and affordable health care, affordable housing, rebuilding the cities, protection of the environment, and a halt to privatization of public wealth and space...[and] continuing resistance to police abuse, government suppression, violations of civil and human rights and the industrialization of prisons...." Maulana Karenga is professor and chair of Africana Studies at California State University, Long Beach, though he is perhaps best known as the founder of The Organization Us, and the creator of Kwanzaa. OCLC 37698821, 34347466.