A Chronology: 1978

Compiled by Howard Dodson

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1978

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The City of Atlanta awards IBW a contract in October to conduct a five-month study of its CETA Title IV clients. The primary objective of the study is to determine the psycho-social characteristics of the 16-25 year-old applicants to and participants in CETA, 90 percent of whom are black. The first project funded through the Center for Black Educational Research, it is guided by the research associates of the Center.

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Seven new persons are named to serve on the Board of Directors of IBW, five of whom accept: Dr. Bertha Maxwell, Rev. Dr. George Thomas, Atty. C.B. King, Dr. Oswald Bronson and Dr. James Turner.

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Howard Dodson is keynote speaker at Fourth Annual B. Moses James Colloquium sponsored by The Black Council of the Reformed Church of America. It is held in May in Oakland, California. (Howard, check this sentence, please) Dodson’s two lectures reprise a speech he gave at the Black Theology Conference a year earlier, its content extended to focus on implications for the black church. The lectures are published by the Black Council.

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William Strickland keynoted the 1978 United Nations’ Special Committee Against Apartheid’s tribute to Frantz Fanon. “Frantz Fanon: His Life and Work,” is the title of Strickland’s speech.

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Lerone Bennett, Jr. and Vincent Harding are among the featured speakers at a conference on the impact of the Civil Rights Movement at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi. The conference theme is “Have We Overcome?” Bennett spoke on the conference theme while Harding spoke on “So Much History, So Much Future: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Second Coming of America.”

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Under contract from Cornell University’s Africana Studies and Research Center, the IBW Press publishes “Black American Radicals and The Liberation of Africa: The Council on African Affairs, 1937-1955” by Hollis Lynch. It is the fifth volume in the Africana Center’s monograph series. St. Clair Drake writes the introduction.

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IBW agrees to edit a special IBW issue of The Black Scholar commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Brown decision.

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Howard Dodson, under sponsorship of the Delta Ministry in Greenville, Mississippi, conducts a five-day speaking tour in six Mississippi cities: Jackson. Tougaloo, Lexington, Greenwood, IttaBena and Oxford. It is part of the Delta Ministry’s Community Education Program that includes speeches at four colleges and three community centers. Dodson also secures and transports the papers of the Delta Ministry during the Civil Rights era to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center Library.

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Patricia Daly is a panelist at the Guilford College Black Ideas Forum in Greensboro, North Carolina. She spoke on a panel titled, “The Black Woman: Her Role, Family and Professional Routes.”

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IBW is contracted by the Atlanta University School of Social Work’s Class and Practicum Institute held in September. A 55-page published report is submitted to the School in November.

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After providing technical assistance to the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials (GABEO) for over a year, Willie Woods, coordinator of GABEO establishes its offices at IBW. IBW assists Woods in organizing the Annual Spring/Summer conference at the request of Carl Ware, its president, who is also President of the Atlanta City Council.

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IBW assists in organizing and presenting the national Black United Fund Conference in Atlanta from June 29-July 1.

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Akbar Muhammad, a graduate student in the Atlanta University Political Science Department, works on a study of black repression in American society for IFCO.

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Manning Marable is a visiting research fellow from Tuskegee Institute where he is currently teaching and chairing the history department.