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African People's Socialist Party
ChairmanOmali Yeshitela
FoundedMay 1972 (1972-05)
HeadquartersSt. Petersburg, Florida
NewspaperThe Burning Spear Newspaper
IdeologyAfrican internationalism
African socialism
Black nationalism
Black separatism
Reparations for slavery
Political positionFar-left
International affiliationInternational People's Democratic Uhuru Movement

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 2019.

The APSP's stated goals are "to keep the Black Power Movement alive, defend the countless Africans locked up by the counterinsurgency, and develop relationships with Africa and Africans worldwide".[1]

History[edit | edit source]

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

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

The APSP also founded the African National Reparations Organization in 1982, 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 stated objective of the movement 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][better source needed] In January, it was claimed by the party that Gazi Kodzo was removed from the position and ejected from the party on November 18, 2018 for disciplinary reasons following a vote.[citation needed] Kodzo and other former party members who also recently split from the party deny being removed. In his video records, Kodzo claims he chose to leave the party, and upon learning this the party then issued the statement that Kodzo had been disciplinarily ejected.[4]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "African People's Socialist Party-USA - History". asiuhuru.org. African People's Socialist Party. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  2. Yeshitela, Omali. "Main Resolution (2004)". asiuhuru.org. African Socialist International. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  3. "Gazi Kodzo's post on Facebook". Facebook.[dead link]
  4. https://www.youtube.com/user/smiletone

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