The German section of the League for the Defense of the Negro Race (1929)

INTRO FROM AFROPEAN CONTEMPORARY: SHORTEN SLIGHTLY

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Statutes

§1
The association takes the name League for the Defence of the Negro race (German section): after successful entry into the Register of Associations it has the addition ‘registered association’. It forms a section of the Ligue de Défense de la Race Nègre. The base of the association is Berlin, district of the law court Berlin-Mitte.

§3
The aim of the association is:
1. From International Standpoint:
The emancipation of the Negro race in every respect and by all means in active solidarity with the intellectual and manual workers of the whole world.

2. From National Point of View:
a) To seize the national independence of the Negro people of Africa and to establish a large modern state. To this aim the peasants, workers, officials, merchants, soldiers and sailors, students and black schoolchildren are called upon to organise themselves on the basis of their particular demands.

b) To seize the national independence of the African islands, for example Madagascar.

c) To fight for the national independence of the Antilles and to bring them together in the form of a confederation. This task, however, is subordinate to the independence of black Africa.

d) To support the American Negro is his fight for political, social, economic liberation and the removal of racial barriers in the parts of the United States where they have gained civil rights.

e) Active resistance against all political doctrines which demand the annexation of Negro countries and the assimilation of Negroes as part of colonialism.

f) Defend the absolute independence of Abyssinia and Liberia with the upmost vigilance.

g) In the meantime denounce in the press, at political gatherings, in international congresses, etc the arbitrary acts and misdeeds of the colonial administrations.

3. The tasks for the section are dependent on further developments, local needs and the strategy of the central office.

In Europe it is the task of the section to provide moral and material support for members; in times of illness, unemployment, accidents, etc. Further, as much as is possible it must organise its members in the white trade unions, which loyally associate with Negroes. With these trade unions and other connections the section must strive to find work for unemployed Negroes. 44

The association is not to be run as a business operation.

§4
Anyone descending from a Negro can be a member of the association, also the wives of Negroes, who themselves are not Negroes, can be members.

§5
Entry into the association follows through registering with the committee.

§6
Membership is ended:
a) following death
b) through withdrawing from the association. Withdrawal from the association is only permitted after a two year period of notice. The period of notice has to be submitted in the form of a letter to the association’s committee.
c) Through expulsion, this can only take place through the meeting of the membership and on account of exceptional grounds.

§7
Membership contribution is at least 1RM a month.

§8
The committee of the association is composed of the following people:
1) The President
2) The Secretary
3) The Treasurer These people make up the committee following the terms of §26 of the Code of Law.
The committee legally and extra judicially represents the association. The committee is voted in for the period of a year by a meeting of the members

§9
Meetings of members will be called once a month. An extraordinary general meeting is to be called instead of the monthly meeting every December. At this extraordinary meeting the vote for the committee will take place.
In addition a meeting of members is to be called when a tenth of the membership ask for this in writing, providing their reasons for this.

Berlin 17. December 1929

Joseph Bilé
Luois Bepe Mpesse
Richard E. Dinn
Thomas ul Kuo Ngambi
Victor Bell
Manga Akwa
M. Kotto Priso