A Chronology: 1981

Compiled by Howard Dodson

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1981

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The Other American Revolution: A Brief History of the Black Struggle for Freedom by Vincent Harding is published in February. It is a joint IBW publication with Center for African American Studies of the University of California at Los Angeles.

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There is A River, the first volume of Vincent Harding’s comprehensive history of black freedom in the United States, is published by Harcourt Brace Juvanovitch in the fall.

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The National Endowment for the Humanities awards IBW a research and development grant of $70,000 to research and write two scripts. Scheduling conflicts made it impossible for St. Clair Bourne to continue with the project. Tony Batten becomes principal film consultant and writer for the series — now planned as a 90-minute pilot and six one-hour programs.

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Robert Hill edits roundtable discussion with Walter Rodney into a first-person narrative autobiography of Rodney. A draft is prepared for publication as Walter Rodney Speaks.

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The Other American Revolution Project office is established in Washington, D.C. with Pat Daly as manager and Howard Dodson as Project Director.

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IBW convenes first Black Studies Curriculum Development Project conference for faculty and scholars.