African People's Socialist Party

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African People's Socialist Party
ChairmanOmali Yeshitela
General SecretaryGazi Kodzo
Founded1972
IdeologyAfrican internationalism
Reparations for slavery
Black separatism
Black nationalism
African socialism
Anti-imperialism
International affiliationInternational People's Democratic Uhuru Movement
Website
asiuhuru.org

The African Peoples Socialist Party (APSP) is a far-left pan-Africanist organization working towards reparations for slavery in the United States, identifying ideologically with 'African internationalism.' The Party was formed in May 1972 by the merger of three black power organizations based in Florida and Kentucky. Omali Yeshitela, one of the original co-founders, leads the APSP as of 2018.

According to the APSP's website,

During the 1970s, the Party had made its main goals to keep the Black Power Movement alive, defend the countless Africans locked up by the counterinsurgency [US law enforcement], and develop relationships with Africa and Africans worldwide.[1]

History[edit]

In September 1979, the Party founded the African National Prison Organization (ANPO) .

In 1981, the Party moved its national office to Oakland, California, United States, and opened the Uhuru house. The first Party Congress was held in Oakland in 1982. At that Congress, the party passed the resolution to create the African Socialist International (ASI) organization. The ASI sought to be the "international party of the African working class."[2] The ASI has activists and has held conferences in various countries outside the United States.

Also in 1982, the APSP founded the African National Reparations Organization, and the First World Tribunal on Reparations for African People was held in Brooklyn, New York. The APSP claims that "through this work, the African People's Socialist Party gave birth to the modern Reparations Movement." The objective is to obtain compensation for the injustices of slavery, as well as segregation and neocolonialism since then.

Sometime in the late 1980s or early 1990s, the party's national office moved back to St. Petersburg, Florida.

On December 11, 2017, Omali Yeshitela announced that YouTuber Gazi Kodzo would become the Secretary General of the African People's Socialist Party.[3] Gazi Kodzo was removed from the position and ejected from the Party on Nov. 18, 2018 for disciplinary reasons following a vote.

The Burning Spear newspaper[edit]

The Burning Spear newspaper is "the official organ of the African People's Socialist Party".

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • African People's Socialist Party (website), "History" . Retrieved May 2010.

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