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The Number 13 & The Quest For Black Political Empowerment

The 13 founding members of the CBC. Standing L-R: Parren Mitchell (MD), Charles Rangel (NY), Bill Clay, Sr. (MO), Ron Dellums (CA), George Collins (IL), Louis Stokes (OH), Ralph Metcalfe (IL), John Conyers (MI), and Walter Fauntroy (DC). Seated L-R: Robert Nix, Sr. (PA), Charles Diggs (MI), Shirley Chisholm (NY), and Gus Hawkins (CA).(*Wikipedia)


The number 13 appears frequently with attempts by persons of African ancestry to obtain power within and outside the United States of America. 

We observe the number 13 not only with the political activities led by persons of African ancestry, but also with the current white ruling class of the United States of America.

The number 13 is part of the American political folklore, for it was the original 13 colonies that rebelled, fought and won the war against their then colonial master Great Britain.

Though the Euro-American settlers in what certain indigenous or aboriginal groups called “Turtle Island”, would deny the rights and privileges to the original inhabitants as well as to the enslaved Africans, their victory over Great Britain is falsely promoted as a victory for the advancement of human dignity.

The roots of America is based in the number “13” as seen with the 13 colonies.

Just as the number 13 appeared with the genesis of the United States of America, we find the number 13 in the initial stages to gain citizenship for Africans who were considered property due to the oppressive nature of chattel slavery.

Please notice the difference between the function of the number 13 for the white ruling class and persons of African ancestry who are oppressed. The function of the number 13 for the Euro-American ruling class is to guide them in establishing their own nation, while for persons of African ancestry the number 13 function is to guide them to play a subordinate role in another group’s definition of reality. Malcolm X, El Hajj Malik El Shabbaz once stated:

“Revolutions are fought to get control of land, to remove the absentee landlord and gain control of the land and the institutions that flow from that land. The black man has been in a very low condition because he has had no control whatsoever over any land.  He has been a beggar economically, a beggar politically, a beggar socially, a beggar even when it comes to trying to get some education. So that in the past the type of mentality that was developed in this colonial system among our people, today is being overcome.”

In his “Message To The Grassroots” Malcolm X asserts:

“When you want a nation, that’s called nationalism. When the white man became involved in a revolution in this country against England, what was it for? He wanted this land so he could set up another white nation. That’s white nationalism. The American Revolution was white nationalism. The French Revolution was white nationalism. The Russian Revolution too —— yes, it was —— white nationalism. You don’t think so? Why [do] you think Khrushchev and Mao can’t get their heads together? White nationalism. All the revolutions that’s going on in Asia and Africa today are based on what? Black nationalism. A revolutionary is a black nationalist. He wants a nation.”

The passage of the 13th amendment began the process for Africans to become citizens in the Republic of the United States. The enslaved African population in America, would become recognized by the Euro-American settler government with the passage of the 13th amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1865, slavery was supposedly abolished except for those incarcerated . The 13th Amendment states:

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation”

The first United States Senator of African ancestry was Hiram Revels,  Republican from Mississippi who was appointed to the position in 1870. Revel’s first name “Hiram” under the so-called Chaldean numerology system gives us the value of 13: H=5+I=1+R=2+A=1+M=4=(5+1+2+1+4=)13.

Adam Clayton Powell, the greatest legislator in the history of the United States and tireless advocate for empowerment of persons of African ancestry, was born on  November 29, 1908. “He was the first black Congressman from New York State and the first from any Northern state other than Illinois in the Post-Reconstruction Era.” As chairman of the powerful Education and Labor Committee, Powell’s committee passed a record number of bills for a single session, a record that still stands today. Powell’s  birth date of November 29, 1908 = 11+29+1+9+0+8=58=5+8=13. 


The number 13 is present in institutions named after Adam Clayton Powell. Take for example a school named after him, PS 153, which is located at 1750 Amsterdam Ave in Harlem, New York. “1750”= 1+7+5+0=13.

After Powell’s defeat in 1970 there would be a host of other elected officials of African ancestry serving in Congress due to the heightened political participation on the part of the newly enfranchised Black population.  This would include Powell’s successor Charles Rangel.

Charlie Rangel was born on June 11, 1930. The year “1930” = 1+9+3+0=13.

Rangel succeeded the great Adam Clayton Powell using questionable tactics to secure a win in New York’s then 18th Congressional District seat in 1970. Rangel among  his many other list of achievements  in this post, including becoming the first African-American to chair the powerful House Ways and Means committee in 2007, was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) was formed with 13 members of African-Ancestry after the election in 1970. While not every member of the CBC embodied the energy of the number 13, it is the signature vibratory number for the organization.

The current official address for the CBC is “2444 Rayburn Building Washington, DC 20515”. The zip code for the CBC location “20515”= 2+0+5+1+5=13.  The building is named after Sam Rayburn, the longest-serving Speaker of the House of Representatives in the history of the United States. Rayburn become Speaker of the House on September 16, 1940 at the age of 58. 58=5+8=13. Rayburn became a Congressman in 1913!

The current Chair of the CBC, Barbara Lee during 1990-1992 served in the California State Assembly from the 13th district! It is important to note that Barbara Lee is the only member of either house of Congress to vote against the authorization of use of force following the September 11, 2001 attacks.

We observe the appearance of the number 13 in other aspects of history the CBC :

  1.  The CBC’s first chairperson was Charles Diggs a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan’s 13th district. Diggs was also the first person of African ancestry to be elected to the U.S. Congress from Michigan.
  2. George W.Collins, a founding member of the CBC and member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois’s 6th District died in a plane crash on December 8, 1972. Collins was on United Airlines flight 553, which crashed on approach to the Chicago Midway International Airport. “553”=5+5+3=13.
  3. Ron Dellums the first African-American to be elected to Congress from Northern California as well as the first openly Socialist Congressman since WWII. Dellums who was on Nixon’s enemies list was elected to 13 terms as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives hailing from California’s 9th Congressional District.
  4. Parren Mitchell, the first African-American Congressman from Maryland passed away on May 28, 2007 at the age of 85. 8+5=13.

We also witness the appearance of the number 13 with the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey, the Nation of Islam and the celebrated freedom fighter Fannie Lou Hamer, who among other notable achievements was a founding member of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.

 The life path number of  Marcus Garvey is equal to 13. Garvey has the distinction of leading the most successful mass movement involving people of African ancestry.  Marcus Garvey born on August 17, 1887. August 17, 1887= 8+17+1+8+8+7=49=4+9=13. 

The “Nation of Islam”=

N=5 + A=1 + T=2+ I=9 + O=6 + N=5= 28

O=6 +F=12

I=9+ S= 1+ L= 3+ A= 1+  M=4= 18

28+12+18= 58=5+8=13

The name “Fannie Lou Hamer” under the Chaldean numerology:

F=8 + A=1+ N=5+N=5+I=1+E=5=25




The number 13 also appears in movements and events related to empowerment outside of the United States involving persons of African ancestry.

The Organization of African Unity (OAU) was established on May 25, 1963. May 25, 1963=5+25+1+9+6+3=49=4+9=13.

Pan-Africanist and first president of Ghana, Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah was born on September 21, 1909. September 21, 1909=9+21+1+9+0+9=49=4+9=13.

 In the next article in this three-part series, I will outline the esoteric, metaphysical and occult underpinnings guiding the frequent appearance of the number 13 with activities of empowerment involving persons of African ancestry.

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4 Responses to “The Number 13 & The Quest For Black Political Empowerment”

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