A Chronology: 1974

Compiled by Howard Dodson

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1974

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Pat Daly and Howard Dodson head up day-to-day staff of Institute. Bill, Bobby and Vincent continue to work on their major projects while carrying out writing, fundraising and policy assignments from their respective locations.

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Luthuli Project headed by Chief Albert Luthuli’s son-in-law Thulani Gcabashe comes to an end as Gcabashe and Luthuli Memorial Foundation and Institute are unable to reach an accord on how to jointly carry out the work. Gcabashe had become a Visiting Research Fellow at IBW in 1971. The proposed project was a series of publications on the life and work of Chief Albert Luthuli and a 1960 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, a founder of the South African National Congress. The project was to have been based on a large cache of Luthuli Papers that Gcabashe and his wife, the Chief’s daughter, had managed to take out of South Africa.

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With foundation and other grant funding eroding in part because of the efforts of the FBI, IBW increases its appeal to the general black public.

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IBW Press publishes “Towards the Sixth Pan-African Congress: Aspects of the International Class Struggle in Africa” by Walter Rodney as an Occasional Paper.

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IBW conducts a six-week Summer Research Project on the theme “Social Structure and Black Struggle.” Walter Rodney, author of How Europe Underdeveloped Africa is the principal lecturer along with Strickland, Harding, Hill and Lerone Bennett, Jr. A team of graduate students carry out a collective research project on the racial uprisings of the 1960s.

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A four-part public lecture series on “Black Struggle and the International Crisis” features Walter Rodney, Vincent Harding, Bill Strickland, and Robert Hill. It takes place weekly from July 31 to August 21.

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A three-day symposium using the Hill, Rodney, Strickland, Harding team poses and attempts to answer the question, “Where Do We Go From Here? Its focus is on the economic and political challenges to the black future. Katherine Dunham, Mary Frances Berry, and Vietnamese scholar and activist Tran Van Dinh are among the guest panelists who appear. “New Concepts for the New Man,” a new series of 25 audiotaped lectures featuring IBW Fellows and Associates, Walter Rodney, C.L.R. James, St. Clair Drake, George Beckford and Bill Brown among others drawn from the Institute’s audiotape library is made available to the public in a package of 90-minute cassette tapes.

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IBW publishes Jesse Lang’s “Inside Missouri State Penitentiary” first as a Special Report and then as an IBW Press Occasional Paper.

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Vincent Harding and family move to Philadelphia to enroll his children in John Churchville’s Freedom Library Day School. Vincent also starts teaching at Temple University.