Session #1

THE INSTITUTE OF THE BLACK WORLD: A VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

THEME: “BLACK STRUGGLE AND BLACK LIBERATION”

Program of Events

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Tuesday, June 29, 7 – 9 pm
Topic: “The Origins and Mission of IBW”

Description:

The Institute of the Black World was one of thousands of black organizations founded in the wake of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. which, for more than a decade, became the foundation of the Black Power and Black Arts Movements. None was quite like IBW. This program critically assesses IBW’s role as a think tank for black struggle, discusses the role of Dr. Vincent Harding within the Institute and explores ways in which IBW’s experiences are relevant to today’s struggles.

Program:

Musical Welcome: Ghanaian Drummers

Libation: Tribute to the Elders, James Small

National Anthems: Jazz Artist Rene Marie

Official Welcome: Gillian Royes, Coordinator of the 50+ Anniversary Celebration

Statement of the Occasion: Howard Dodson, former Director of IBW

Video Presentation: “Black America since MLK, Black Power”

Keynote Presentation: William “Bill” Strickland, founding Research Associate of IBW

Panel Discussion: Robert “Bobby” Hill, Joyce Ladner, Derrick White and Abdul Alkalimat; moderated by Howard Dodson

Video: Nina Simone’s “I Wish I Knew How it would Feel to be Free”