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Republic of New Africa Collection,

Title
Republic of New Africa Collection, 1972-1980.
Author
Republic of New Africa (Organization)
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.1 lin. ft. (1 folder)
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Schomburg NEH Automated Access to Special Collections Project.
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Source (note)
  • Edwards, Larry L.
  • Edwards, Mercer Donahue
Biography (note)
  • Republic of New Africa (America) was an African American separatist group founded in 1968. Among its demands was that the United States Government should set aside five southern states--Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana and South Carolina--for the establishment of an African-American republic. The first African community was established in 1970 in Jackson, Miss. Iman Abubakari Obadele was named president of the republic. In 1971, a 20 acre tract of land in Hinds County, Miss. was proclaimed the capital of the nation. A police and Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on the headquarters in 1971 left the group in disarray. It later moved its headquarters to Washington, D.C. In 1984, the national membership was between 5,000 and 10,000 individuals.
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Call Number
Sc MG 167
Author
Republic of New Africa (Organization)
Title
Republic of New Africa Collection, 1972-1980.
Summary
The Republic of New Africa (America) (RNA) Collection includes a photocopy of "Anti-Depression Program of the Republic of New Africa to end Poverty, Dependence, Cultural Malnutrition, and Crime among Black People in the United States and Promote Inter-Racial Peace. Presented for enactment to both Houses of the United States Congress, March 1972." The table of contents contains: "The Legislative Requests; Objectives and Methods of the Program; and Background of the Republic of New Africa.
There are also eleven letters (1979-1980) written by Larry L. Edwards, consulate Captain of the Brooklyn, New York office of the RNA to the following individuals: the U.S. Secretary of State demanding reparations from the U.S. Government for the RNA; the Consul of the Iran Mission to the United Nations regarding the American hostages in Iran and requesting foreign aid for the RNA from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries; the Consulate of Egypt concerning the Shah of Iran; the Consulate of Israel regarding an Israeli nuclear test in Africa; and the Consulate of South Africa pertaining to the unionization of South African black workers. A map illustrating the consolidation of Africa as proposed by the RNA and two flyers complete the collection.
Biography
Republic of New Africa (America) was an African American separatist group founded in 1968. Among its demands was that the United States Government should set aside five southern states--Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana and South Carolina--for the establishment of an African-American republic. The first African community was established in 1970 in Jackson, Miss. Iman Abubakari Obadele was named president of the republic. In 1971, a 20 acre tract of land in Hinds County, Miss. was proclaimed the capital of the nation. A police and Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on the headquarters in 1971 left the group in disarray. It later moved its headquarters to Washington, D.C. In 1984, the national membership was between 5,000 and 10,000 individuals.
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Sc MG 167
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