WE ARE THE NATIONAL COALITION OF BLACKS FOR REPARATIONS IN AMERICA (N’COBRA)
The National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA) is the premiere mass-based coalition of organizations and individuals organized for the sole purpose of obtaining reparations for Black descendants of the Maafa in the United States.
N’COBRA’s founding meeting, September 26, 1987, was convened for the purpose of broadening the base of support for the long-standing reparations movement. N’COBRA has individual members, national and local organizational members and organizational affiliates. N’COBRA has chapters, members, affiliates, and supporters throughout the U. S. and in Africa, Europe, Central and South America and the Caribbean. N’COBRA is directed nationally by a board of directors. N’COBRA’s campaigns and work is organized through nine national commissions: Economic Development, Human Resources, Legal Strategies, Legislation, Information and Media, Membership and Organizational Development, International Affairs, Youth and Education and seven standing committees: Nomination, Executive, Conference, Fund Development, ASHE, National office and National Campaign(s). N’COBRA holds an annual national membership meeting and conference, usually held the fourth weekend in June, to conduct the business of the Coalition as well as to evaluate and introduce new campaigns and strategies.
The Mission of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA) is to win full Reparations for the descendants of enslaved Africans residing in the United States and its territories for the genocidal war against African that created the Trans-Atlantic Slave “Trade” Chattel Slavery, Jim Crow and Chattel Slavery’s continuing vestiges (the Maafa). To that end, N’COBRA shall organize and mobilize all strata of these Black communities, into an effective mass-based reparations movement. N’COBRA shall also serve as a coordinating body for the reparations effort in the United States. Further, through its leadership role in the reparations movement within the United States and its territories, N’COBRA recognizes reparations is a just demand for all Black peoples and shall join with others in building the international reparations movement.
The N’COBRA logo is composed of 3 Adinkra symbols whose meanings from bottom to top are:
NKONSONKONSON (Link or Chain) We are linked in life, we are linked in death, those that share common blood relations never break apart.
OWO FOR A ADOBE (Snake climbing the palm tree) Performing the unusual or impossible.
BIRIBI WO SORO (There is something in the heavens) Nyame biribi wo soro na ma embeka mensa (God there is something in the heavens, let it reach me) Symbol of hope.
NKONSONSON OWO FOR A ADOBE BIRIBI WO SORO: Together these symbols express our links in this, and the next life; that We share a common blood relation which never break apart; and that We can perform the impossible. *