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United Black Association for Development (UBAD)

United Black Association for Development (UBAD) was a cultural and political party established in Belize in February 1969 and based on traditional Black Power tenets.

Originally organised in 1968, UBAD began a social and cultural organisation modelled loosely on the black power movement in the United States.

The chief figure in the UBAD was Evan X Hyde, who had recently returned from completing studies at Dartmouth College. By 1969, the UBAD had become more overtly political, and it merged with the Political Action Committee to form the Revolitical Action Movement (RAM) in October. When, four monthlater, the RAM was disbanded, the UBAD was reconstituted and Hyde ran unsuccessfully in municipal election in 1970 and in general election in 1974. Shortly thereafter, the UBAD disbanded as a political party. Since then, Hyde was the publisher and editor of Belize's only "independent" newspaper.

UBAD returned in 1994 as the UBAD Educational Foundation, with Hyde as Chair. The UEF currently runs the Library for African and Indian Studies out of the Partridge street compound, facilitates regular visits by African scholars and recently held a Black Summit meant to discuss problems of blacks in Belize. The UEF is also a part of the Central American Black Organization (CABO) along with the World Garifuna Orgaqnization (WGO) under Theodore Aranda.

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Founded 9 February 1969
Dissolved 8 February 1974
Active years 1969-1974
Merged into Revolitical Action Movement
Party colour Black
Ideology Black Power
Newspaper Amandala
Status Defunct
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