Was founded in 1920 at the UNIA-ACL: Annual International Convention that was held in Harlem, New York. The original authentic Black Cross Nurses is still vibrant and continues to assist families, elderly, and those in need in the community. Today the Black Cross Nurses Association is one of the oldest non-government organizations (NGO) in Belize. Members of the UABCNA are guided by a basic UNIA principles and the UABCNA mission. Those principles and mission are reflected in the action plan that has been drafted by the adminstrator and staff and approved by the UNIA-ACL minister of information and the Parent body. The UNIA-UABCNA members are people who are willing to volunteer to work diligently to accomplish the mission and ultimate goal.
The mission is " To help improve the health and wellness of the Africans in the Diaspora and Aboriginal Indigenous communities with strong emphasis on social service, wholistic health: preventive care and healthy living. Due to our fact findings, we have come to understand and accept that the work of the Black Cross Nurses is global. We have identified seven major areas of concern: lack of proper health care; the separation of parents and children; the mass incarceration of families and neglect of infants; poor connection and car of our elderly and shut-ins; mental illness and dsyfunction of our youth and the overall criminalization of poverty.
Our goal is to collectively work together in order to make it possible to create the conditions for ongoing healing and health maintenance. So as we heal inside and out we will regain consciousness of our innate ability to heal the nation and the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical challenges of our people. Once we fully accept the principle responsibility of Maat our collective progress will reflect our spiritual growth and dvelopment and become a daily way of life.
UNIA-UNIVERSAL AFRICAN BLACK CROSS NURSES has a long and rich history of dedicated service to the Black community locally, regional, nationally and internationally. Today, thanks to the energy and vision of Basiymah M. Bey, the 4th Assistant President General of the UNIA-ACL and International Director of the UNIA-Universal African Black Cross Nurses this much needed association is being re-invigorated.
Basiymah M. Bey Biographical Sketch
"Our healing process will manifest through a bond of spiritual energy
and the will to help serve and move steadily forward"
Basiymah M. Bey is the second highest-ranking female serving her second term as the fourth Assistant President General under the leadership of the Honorable President General Senghor Jawara Baye El and under the jurisdiction of the government of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and the African Communities Leagues (UNIA-ACL) the world's only government established for people of African decedent worldwide. Basiymah is also a public speaker, organizer and the administrator of UNIA-ACL Universal African Black Cross Nurses (UABCN) Association. "Let the Healing Begin" is a quote often used by Basiymah who accepted the responsibility to reestablish the 21st century UABCNA that had and will have again many vital programs to benefit the greater Black communities worldwide. Under the leadership. support and encouragement of of UNIA-ACL seventh President General, the late Honorable Redman Battle, Basiymah Muhammad Bey started Philadelphia's 21st century Annual Marcus Garvey Brithday Celebration and Community Parade.
Given her high level of commitment to promoting the UNIA-ACL, Basiymah is als helping to organize the UNIA's centennial celebration, August 2014 in New York City. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Basiymah Muhammad Bey worked with all of the historical marches of the late 20th st century. Some of the marches included Justices for The Move 9, The Gray's Ferry March, The Million Man March, Million Women March, The Million Youth March, Millions for Mumia,Justice for Askia Sbur, and Jericho March calling for the awareness and release of the Political Prisoners in America. Her community activism also included being appointed Philadelphia's New Black Panther Party first Sister Captain, under the leadership of the late General Minister Dr. Khalid Abdul Muhammad. Basiymah was the director of New African Academy Life Center the last independent Pan Afrikan School associated with the Academy of theWay, one of the oldest Pan Afrikan schools in the city of Philadelphia during the mid-late 20th century.
Basiymah was the first creative performing arts instructor, in the City of Philadelphia's first inter-city women's prison. For seven years, she has worked with Children's Servce, Inc. (CSI) the oldest Black Child Care Agency in Pennsylvania, that provides culturally sensitive foster care, adoption, supervised independent living, behavioral health care, truancy prevention, and afterschool and summer camp programs. Basiymah Muhammad Bey often says, "Family is everything to me andfamily is the root of who I am, and those roots run deep." Basiymah Muhammad Bey is from a family of 23 children of which she is the youngest. She is a wife, a mother of 5 children and the caregiver of two great nephews, she is the grandmother of 12 children also she is a proud great-grand aunt. She has dutifully helped raise two generations of nephews and nieces. At an early age, Basiymah's mother made it very clear to her that she was different from the other children. Basiymah's mother the late Sarah Alice Kitt Barnes was an herbalist and a very well known successful businesswoman for over 35 years in Philadelphia. Ms. Barnes was the owner of the Mom's Soft Touch Restaurant. Basiymah's mother was the strength, inspiration and motivation in Basiymah's life. Known for being dynamic and result orientated, together with the energy from the words of her mother "respect yourself, let nothing stand in your way, and treat people like you would want to be treated" and her study and knowledge of Africa, and self-determination have provided a solid foundation for Basiymah' drive to help uplift Black people.