A Chronology: 1979

Compiled by Howard Dodson

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1979

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Some 5,000 copies of the IBW edited publication, Education and Black Struggle: Notes from the Colonized World have been sold since it was published in 1974.

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IBW edits a special issue of the Black Scholar commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Brown decision. Featuring articles by Derek Bell, Grace Boggs and Barbara Sizemore among others, it explores the nature and character of desegregation and its impact since Brown, especially on black education.

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Howard Dodson is invited to participate in the Annual M.L. King Birthday celebration. He serves as a panelist at a workshop on the “Economics of Prisons.” It is the first time in several years that IBW has been formally invited to participate in the celebration organized by the M.L. King Jr. Center.

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IBW initiates and co-sponsors a working conference of Black Research Organizations in January in conjunction with Atlanta University, Howard University’s Institute for Urban Affairs and Research, The Joint Center for Political Studies, the National Black United Fund and the National Urban League Research Center. Directors of 13 Black Research organizations attend to assess the research capacity within the black community and worktoward developing coordinated strategies for meeting the black community’s research needs. A follow-up conference is scheduled for April in Washington, D.C., whose goal is to establish a National Federation or Coalition of Black Research organizations.

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IBW is awarded a $15,000 planning grant by the National Endowment or the Humanities to explore the feasibility of developing a documentary film series based on Vincent Harding’s book, The Other American Revolution. St. Clair Bourne and his Chamba Organization partners with IBW to develop the planning process.