A Chronology: 1971

Compiled by Howard Dodson

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1971

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The Institute publishes its first newsletter Inside the Black World in April. It features a lead article on Mrs. Shirley Graham Du Bois’ visit to Atlanta and the Institute in January 1971.

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Joyce Ladner returns to the U.S. after a six-month series of visits to the University of Zambia, the University of Nairobi, Makerere University, and the University of Dar-as-Salaam. She travelled on a grant from the Black Women’s Community Development, Center in Washington, D.C.

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Research Associate Bill Brown completes a seven-month research trip to Africa in search of Islamic archival collections on African history in Casablanca, Tunis, Rabat, and Cairo. He explores the feasibility of microfilming such resources.

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Vincent Harding establishes relationships with Caribbean intellectuals through attendance at the second Commonwealth Conference on Literature and Language held on the Mona Campus of the West Indies in Jamaica. Several participants, including Edward Brathwaite, George Lamming, Sylvia Wynter, George Beckford, and Marina Maxwell will become Associates of IBW and participate in its programs.

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Four students in Dartmouth College’s Black Studies Department spend a semester studying at IBW under the directorship of Robert Hill. Two decide to extend their residence in Atlanta for a year, one as an intern at a local law office and one at the Institute.

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IBW and Third World Press enter into a publishing partnership to publish the IBW Black Papers Series. Third IBW Black Paper, The Redemption of Africa and Black Religion by St. Claire Drake, is published by Third World Press.

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Joyce Ladner publishes her first book, Tomorrow’s Tomorrow: The Black Woman, through Doubleday and Company.

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IBW receives its official IRS determination letter making it a tax-exempt organization effective, January 1, 1971.

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Black-World-View, syndicated column of opinion published by the Institute of the Black World, is distributed to 20 black newspapers nationally. The first is on Malcolm X.

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Robert Hill completes his work cataloging a cache of Marcus Garvey/UNIA Papers that were recently discovered in the Schomburg Collection in New York. It becomes the inspiration for his Marcus Garvey and the UNIA Papers Project.

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First IBW Monthly Report, IBW Highlights Bulletin is published in June.

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IBW convenes a Summer Research Institute featuring as faculty lecturers Vincent Harding, Bill Strickland, C.L.R. James, St. Clare Drake, George Beckford, Robert Hill, and Edward Brathwaite.

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Janet Douglass, Patricia Daly, Sharon Bourke, and Dave Townsend from the New York City area join the IBW staff.

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At the request of the Steering Committee of the National Association of Black, Urban and Ethnic Studies Directors, IBW prepares a working paper of its June 20-23 meeting in Claremont, California. The paper addressed the question of the goals of such programs vis-à-vis the black community and the standards by which they should be measured. The paper is entitled “Notes on the Stuggle for Black Higher Education: Black, Urban and Ethnic Studies Programs and the Needs of the Black Community.”

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Vincent Harding meets with a Vietnamese peace delegation in Paris, France in December.