📜 Black Municipale Council ( Jackson Mississippi – On October 17, 1976, eight years and five months after the proclaiming of the Provisional Government of the Black Nation, the Republic of New Afrika, in convention in Detroit, the first popularly elected local government of the subjugated Black Nation in North America came into existence. This was a five-member Municipal Council, created by and for the 60,000-strong Black Community in Jackson, Mississippi.
The Council was elected in a campaign that asked Black voters to give to the Council simply “the power to struggle for power.” The candidates – to be in office two years – promised to conduct that struggle for just three specific goals: power over health planning, power over Black public education, and power over Revenue Sharing and Community Development funds. But they also pledged to create the atmosphere to turn the Black community in Jackson – the largest “city” in the state, not counting Jackson itself – into a separate city with full powers. This is part of a step by step process leading to complete independence for the entire 20,000-sguare-mile Kush District.
The creation of this first Republic of New Afrika local government – in the very capital of America’s traditionally most racist state – was an important milestone for the revived Black independence movement in North America. In accordance with the demands of international law, the Independence Movement in Mississippi is working to prove that the state of Mississippi and its local governments do not have the free and informed “consent” of Blacks here. The Independence Movement seeks indeed, to prove that the government of the United States does not have such consent. The method for proving all this is the plebiscite – the people’s election.
The vote in the September, 1976 Municipal Council election failed to prove this with overwhelming numbers. The movement simply did not put enough workers into the streets to collect votes from thousands of apparently willing persons. This is clear and strong evidence that no “fix” is in for the Independence Movement, that only hard ifork and persistence will achieve victory. A new chance to produce large numbers of voters occurs in 1978. Meanwhile, the September 1976Jackson election DID create a popularly elected vehicle – The Black Municipal Council – for carrying on the fight, from a new and higher plateau, to bring power and independence to the oppressed Black Nation, beginning with the charmed and chosen Black Community of Jackson!
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