A Chronology: 1968

Compiled by Howard Dodson (October, 2009)

1968

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Vincent Harding, Stephen Henderson, and several other faculty members on the Atlanta University complex begin to plan a W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Advanced Studies in African American Studies in response to a national call for a Black University (as opposed to a Negro one) and Black Studies.

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Vincent Harding and John Henrik Clarke develop and co-produce the Black Heritage for CBS television, a 120-program television series on black history and culture broadcast nationally from November 1968 – February 1969. It features lectures from some of the leading authorities on black history in the country at that time. Several of them, including Lerone Bennett, Jr., Sterling Stuckey, A.B. Spellman, Gerald McWhorter, and Bill Strickland became part of the founding research fellows of the Institute of the Black World.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Library – Documentation Project headed by Vincent Harding and launched in June 1968 to collect significant documents on the post-1954 freedom movement in the United States. It would become the first element of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center.

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Two members of the IBW planning staff are deeply involved in a lock-in of members of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta University King Center. Two members of the King Board are included in the lock-in.

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The King Center Board approves a 30-member Governing Council for the Institute comprised largely of black scholars, artists, and intellectuals. The Council suggested and endorsed the name The Institute of the Black World, but its prerogatives were soon in conflict with those of the King Center Board.

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