Activist’s petition, calls on leaders to support Farrakhan invitation to meet, discuss united frontBy FinalCall.com News | Last updated: Oct 4, 2013 - 4:50:14 PM
CHICAGO - An organizer and activist in the Windy City has launched a petition on-line calling for Black leaders to support a request by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan for a joint meeting to deal with the harrowing problems faced by Black America.
Mark Allen, who has run independent organizations and has also worked with the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton and been active in the NAACP, launched the petition on Change.org.
His petition specifically calls on Rev. Sharpton of the National Action Network, Rev. Jackson of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition; Marc Morial of the National Urban League, Ben Jealous of the NAACP, Martin Luther King III of Realizing the Dream, other national civil rights and Black nationalist leaders to come together.
“As a 40 year veteran activist from both the Civil Rights and Nationalist communities, I know that there is a common agenda by which our most noted Black leaders can show a united front and show operational unity when it comes to building and rebuilding the Black political and economic agenda,” wrote Mr. Allen, who currently serves as chair of National Black Wall Street in Chicago, an economic development and empowerment initiative. He is also chief of staff to president of National Black Wall St. USA.
“And I know how this united front will spread to cross sections of supporters and the masses of Black people and Black communities. And as a current national leader of the National Black Wall Street movement I know that the spirit and example of Black Wall Street is an agenda at the core that our collective leaders from Civil Rights, Nationalist, Religious, Civic, Grassroots and others can and MUST form a public showing of operational unity,” he added.
In a statement online at the BlackList, Mr. Allen said, “Finally, as one of my other elder Civil Rights Movement mentors Rev. Willie Taplin Barrow teaches is that ‘we are not much divided as we are disconnected.’ NOW is the time for Black leadership to CONNECT for the betterment of the least of God’s people that we serve.” The petition can be found at Change.org.