The 1972 National Black Political Convention, held in Gary, Indiana, brought together Black Americans of all walks of life for the common goal of forging bonds that would, hopefully, lead to meaningful change in the United States. In this episode, students will learn about the convention’s goals, attendees, and accomplishments.
USH 7.1 – Explain the efforts of groups of African Americans, Native Americans, Latinx, LGBTQ community, and women to assert their social and civic rights in the years following World War II.
USH 7.2 – Evaluate various methods and philosophies (e.g. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Black Panthers, and Malcolm X) to bring about social justice during the Civil Rights Movement.
USH 7.6 – Identify the problems confronting different minorities during this period of economic and social change and describe the solutions to these problems.
USH 7.7 – Identify areas of social tension from this time period and explain how social attitudes shifted as a result, including the Immigration Reform Act of 1965.
IS.1.27 – Examine the impact of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and 1970s in Indiana through the actions of leaders and groups that were active in the movement.
Examples: May 1968 – The U.S. Justice Department filed a suit in Federal Court charging the Indianapolis Public Schools with racial discrimination; 1969 Unigov in Indianapolis; busing in schools; desegregation of schools; Indiana Black Expo