quote:Originally posted by EbonyRose:
Okay ... but how was the convention itself?? WAs anything interesting talked about?
I was too busy taking pictures... Just kidding... I don't know how many of you remember or know about Gary I back in 1972 (I was just a year old!). Gary I was monumental and everybody who was somebody attended (Coretta Scott King, W.E.B. DuBois, Jesse Jackson, etc). Thousands of participants. Out of Gary I came the collective vision and will to produce hundreds (even thousands) of elected black political officials across the country.
One thing that struck me, and a number of others, was that by comparison, this convention was a failure. Projected participation was 16,000 but there were a GREAT many empty seats. I'd be surprised if we got 5000. Many of the big name invitees didn't show. Most of the participants were from out of town (meaning few locals), many had attended Gary I (meaning few young people). Somebody either forgot or failed to explain the importance of this convention to the people who really matter. Because of this, the overall feeling I got was that instead of charting a great new vision for the next 30 years (as Gary I did) this convention instead was a nostalgic celebration of/apology for it's predecessor.
But then Gary II is not special in this regard. I find that the same can be said about a LOT that we're doing now.
There were great moments. Al Sharpton and Louis Farakhan showed, gave great speeches, and left. Sharpton blasted the buying off of Black political leadership and clergy. Of course, no one was fond of "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp." Of course there was a special session on Katrina (what happened and what do we do now?)... but sadly this event didn't live up to the expectations.