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Plans hatched to mobilize at SOBW III Conference

HERB BOYD Special to the AmNews | 11/26/2012, 4:22 p.m.

During the second round of questions, the conversation became livelier, and Fraser set the tone for self-reliance and self-determination when he declared, "We have everything to succeed except each other." He said that with spending power of nearly a trillion dollars, Black America would qualify as the 14th largest nation in the world. "We have the money and brainpower," he repeated, but "not each other."

Sanders said, "We must free ourselves from mental slavery," echoing a line from reggae master Bob Marley. "We need a state-of-the-art high school in every large city in the country." She believed that too many Black Americans are suffering from the "illusion of inclusion."

Hill stated, "We must not let perfection be an impediment to the possible."

"I want a plan," Taylor asserted. "Where and when do we meet?"

Portions of the plan that she desired surfaced in the various workshops, particularly on the third day of the five-day conference on communications and the media, the IBW Research Consortium, the Summit on Anti-violence Organizations and Hip Hop Activists, and United Voices for Reparations.

Vital information was shared during the Pan-African workshops on the need for organizing in the Diaspora, analysis of the criminal justice system and the Black Family Summit.

Another splendid moment occurred during IBW's legacy awards, and such notables as Dr. Conrad Worrill, Baba Leonard Dunston, Nana Camille Yarbrough, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, Eddie Ellis, Dr. Howard Dodson, Dr. James Turner and George Curry were among those slated to be honored.

The renowned and late Damu Smith was remembered with the launching of an institute in his name, and he shared memory lane with Wayne Thompson, whose son Sandino was present, and Walters.

Patricia Walters, Ron's widow, recalled some of her husband's remarkable attributes, including his absolute dedication to his students.

"Ron was a very low-key person," she began. "And though he was a pioneer in the Civil Rights Movement, it was something he rarely talked about. For example, people have no idea that he was among the first to lead a sit-in demonstration in Wichita, Kansas, in 1958. That was the kind of guy he was.

"When it came to politics, he believed, 'You don't ask, you take!'"

Perhaps that's what will drive Taylor's demand for "a plan".plan."Deadline jump on page 7