Viola Plummer (leff) and Amsterdam News Editor Nayaba Arinde Credit: Omowale Clay photo

On Thursday, Feb. 16, December 12th Movement co-founder Viola Plummer celebrated her 86th birthday with a community rally calling for the people to demand that their elected officials push for passage of the New York State Reparations Bill. Assemblyman Jabari Brisport and City Councilman Charles Barron sat alongside Ms. Plummer and addressed a packed Restoration Plaza event space.

Viola Plummer surrounded by friends at 86th birthday party. (Omowale Clay and
Nayaba Arinde photos)

Later at Sista’s Place, friends and family shared a Cousin John’s birthday cake, sparkling cider, and champagne to honor the longtime international human rights activist, mother, and grandmother. The December 12th Movement work continued with the 58th commemoration of the death of Malcolm X at Bed Stuy’s New Canaan Baptist Church on Feb. 21. On Friday, Feb. 24, they will show “The Durban 400” (and The New York State Reparations Bill).

The December 12th Movement International Secretariat was instrumental in the call for the third United Nations World Conference Against Racism [WCAR] 2001 in Durban, South Africa, and led the largest U.S. delegation in history dubbed “The Durban 400.” The WCAR final declaration stated “the trans-Atlantic slave trade was a crime against humanity,” and called for reparations. The film will be shown at Sista’s Place, 456 Nostrand Avenue (corner of Jefferson Avenue) in Brooklyn at 7 p.m. For more information, call 718-398-1766.

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