Since 1972, the National Business League has been engaged in a continuous
effort to establish a broad based coalition among various national
organizations in the areas of Black business and economic development.
Such a coalition would constitute a structured forum through which
individual organizations could review, evaluate, and debate national
issues of common concern to the Black business and economic communities.
In order to make significant progress in the area of economic development
for Black America, it had become manifestly clear that organizations
devoted to such a cause must have a vehicle to demonstrate their
collective strength and unity on common problems and opportunities.
In 1973, with the advice and consent of more than thirty-five national
minority business, trade and professional organizations, the NBL
established the Committee for National Policy Review (CNPR). It became
a forum through which leaders of these organizations could debate
national issues that impact upon their constituents, develop policies
and opinions on those issues, transmit those policies to the appropriate
national Administration, Congressional leaders, federal and state
agencies, and private sector entities.
The positive result of this initial coalition among trade associations
was encouraging. But the magnitude of the problem clearly called
for a much broader coalition of organizations. Subsequent workshops
and meetings recommended that NBL expand the basic concept behind
CNPR and invite the participation of the broadest spectrum of national
organizations that are committed to the economic development of minority
communities. The NBL membership endorsed a resolution to create the
National Council for Policy Review (NCPR) which has as its primary
purpose: 1] to deliberate, discuss, and debate key issues in the
area of economic development and economic parity; 2] to identify
and articulate critical goals to be achieved in the economic movement;
3] to examine and propose various program options; 4] to adopt a
NCPR position, reflecting the consensus views of member organizations,
on the critical issues affecting mutual constituents. The National
Council for Policy Review takes the concept of the CNPR one step
closer toward achieving the essential goal of organizational unity,
without violating an organization's basic and fundamental autonomy.
The NCPR meets semi-annually to consider issues of common concern.