The National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (NCOBRA) is the premiere mass-based coalition of organizations and individuals organized for the sole purpose of obtaining reparations for African descendants in the United States.
NCOBRA’s founding meeting, September 26, 1987, was convened for the purpose of broadening the base of support for the long-standing reparations movement. NCOBRA has individual members, national and local organizational members and organizational affiliates. NCOBRA has chapters, members, affiliates, and supporters throughout the U. S. and in Africa, Europe, Central and South America and the Caribbean. NCOBRA is directed nationally by a board of directors. NCOBRA’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). NCOBRA 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 (NCOBRA) is to win full Reparations for Black African Descendants residing in the United States and its territories for the genocidal war against Africans that created the TransAtlantic Slave “Trade” Chattel Slavery, Jim Crow and Chattel Slavery’s continuing vestiges (the Maafa). To that end, NCOBRA shall organize and mobilize all strata of these Black communities, into an effective mass-based reparations movement. NCOBRA 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, NCOBRA recognizes reparations is a just demand for all African peoples and shall join with others in building the international reparations movement.
The N’COBRA logo is composed of three 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. *
*The NCOBRA logo was designed by Baba Kalonji Tor Olusegun (April 21,1930-January 30, 2013) N’COBRA’s first National Male Co-chair and a founding member.
The N’COBRA name and logo have been registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, in Arlington Va. Accordingly, N’COBRA has sole rights to the use of the name and logo. Use of the organization name and/or logo, are prohibited without prior approval from the National N’COBRA Board. Written permission to use the name and logo must be submitted to the Board. A written letter from the Board granting permission must be in the possession of the requestor before the name and/or logo is utilized.