WHAT IS THE 2020 BNC?
On August 28, 2020, at 7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT, the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) and Electoral Justice Project will host the 2020 Black National Convention (BNC) live broadcast.
In honor of the first National Black Political Convention held in Gary, Indiana in 1972, M4BL will meet this historic moment with a national convention to shape a Black agenda ahead of the 2020 elections.
At the convention, voters will ratify a Black national agenda ahead of the November elections guided by the Vision for Black Lives — a comprehensive and visionary policy agenda endorsed by over 50 Black-led organizations in The Movement for Black Lives ecosystem, along with hundreds of allied organizations and individuals.
The 2020 BNC aims to reach and engage four million Black voters across the U.S., build infrastructure of Black political engagement that transcends the 2020 election season, and create and ratify a policy platform for the first 100 days of the next administration.
The Black National Convention will be broadcast live and will feature a series of conversations, performances, and other activations geared toward engaging, informing, and mobilizing Black communities. T he multi-hour broadcast will be filled with energy, celebration, education, electoral justice, and a vision for Black Lives before the biggest election of our time, and long after.
WHAT INSPIRED US?
You. Every Black person in America, every teacher and mother, every domestic worker and immigrant, every factory worker and youth, every father and restaurant worker, every grandparent and union member, inspired this event.
At M4BL, we’re under no illusion that it’s going to take a lot of hard work and all of us to win at the polls in November.
We are already making history. We have seen an unprecedented global uprising in defense of Black life, reacting to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Nina Pop, and countless others killed by police and vigilante violence. Millions of people made a clear and distinct call to end police violence, to defund police, and to reinvest those resources into a shared vision of community safety that actually works.
The 2020 Black National Convention is rooted in Black history.
This year’s BNC is inspired and guided by the historic 1972 National Black Political Convention in Gary, Indiana. It was there that four thousand Black people and leaders like Congresswoman and U.S. Presidential Candidate Shirley Chisolm, Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale, Coretta Scott King, Dr. Betty Shabazz, Poet and Activist Amiri Baraka, Artists James Brown and Harry Belafonte, and others convened to propose a National Black Agenda that would hold any candidates seeking the support of Black voters accountable to the needs, interests, and aspirations of Black people.
To honor our ancestors and to lay a path to freedom for future generations, we will build on the history of Black power-building and the righteous anger and momentum in the streets to build a movement that will extend to the November elections and beyond.
WHY THE 2020 BNC?
We see renewed and even more aggressive voter suppression efforts all over the country which target voters of color, particularly Black voters and people who were formerly incarcerated.
Elected officials have used the COVID-19 pandemic as yet another tool for suppressing the Black vote.
Our communities have been denied the right to our full humanity in this country since the beginning. Being denied the right to vote is part and parcel of being denied political power.
WHO IS ORGANIZING THE 2020 BNC?
The Black National Convention is a production of M4BL’s Electoral Justice Project (EJP). EJP seeks to continue a long legacy of social movements fighting for the advancement of the rights of Black folks through electoral strategy. Black Voters Matter is our official partner on the Convention.
Who can participate in the BNC?
The Black National Convention live broadcast is for everyone to enjoy, with a program that is tailored to the specific political priorities and cultures of Black people.
The event is virtual, free, and open to the public.
For more information on the 2020 Black National Convention, visit BlackNovember.org.