The group never finished the meeting because of what was called "the New Bethel Incident" which left 1 police officer dead, 1 officer injured, 4 republic members injured, new bethel baptist church (aretha franklin's father's church) shot up, approximately 150 people arrested/interrogated and then released (several of the events are depicted in the illustration below).
After reflecting, I have decided to split genres. I have a draft of another RNA book that more directly dives into the social science camp. And, I have begun to work on a manuscript that will attempt to simply tell the story of the RNA in a more direct/compelling manner. I'll keep you in the loop as these progress.
Actually, as the 50th anniversary of the RNA approaches and inspired by my recent revisitation, I am going to revisit the events that led this group of African Americans to follow the secessionist/internal exit option. The group finds its origins within the 1967 rebellion in Detroit and thus in July I will begin my 50-year retrospective. The series will be called "Black to the Future: A 50 Year Retrospective of Why and How Several Hundred African Americans Tried to Create a Black Nation".