A Chronology: 1980

Compiled by Howard Dodson

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1980

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IBW and its filmmaking partner St. Clair Bourne of the Chamba Organization convene a planning meeting in January for the proposed documentary film series on the history of the black freedom struggle. In addition to Vincent Harding, the principal humanities consultant, and Bourne, the principal film consultant, participants include Toni Cade Bambara, Bernice Reagon, Howard Zinn, Herbert Guttman, Robert Hill, Peter Wood, Howard Dodson, C. Eric Lincoln, James Turner, Brock Peters, Gayraud Wilmore and Ron Milner. The planning meeting results in a proposal to fund the research and development phase of the “Other American Revolution” film series project. A proposal is submitted to the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Howard Dodson presents paper on “Racism and Rumors of Racism” at World Council of Churches Program to Combat Racism Conference on Churches Responding to Racism in the 1980’s at the Leeuwenhorst Congress Centre in Noordwijkerthout, Netherlands, in June.

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IBW sponsors a memorial service — “A Communal Celebration of the Life of Walter Rodney” in June. It is followed by a rally and multimedia Teach-In celebrating Walter’s Life and Work in July. Rodney had been assassinated in his native Guyana.

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Programme to Combat Racism of the World Council of Churches awards IBW $10,000 in general support of its programs and activities.

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U.S. Office of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education awards the Institute a two-year grant to fund a Black Studies Curriculum Project. Its goal is to collect and analyze the course offerings in Black Studies nationally through an assessment of course outlines in the field. The project will also convene discipline-based conferences and an interdisciplinary conference to report and discuss study findings with faculty and administrators in the field. Doug Davidson is named project director. Project starts in January 1981.

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IBW organizes and presents a Black Film Festival featuring works by black filmmakers around the world over a six-week period in February and March in Atlanta.