A Think Tank based in Atlanta, the Institute of the Black World sought to answer Martin Luther King Jr.'s question "Where do we go from here?" Its pragmatic solution was to organize a broad array of leading Black activists, scholars, and intellectuals to develop academic, political, and cultural strategies designed to expand the Black Freedom Struggle into a new decade.
Throughout the 1970s, debates over race and class in the Unites States grew increasingly hostile, and the IBW was ultimately unable to challenge the growing conservatism. By using the IBW as the lens through which to view these tumultuous years, Derrick White provides an exciting new interpretation?and one of the first intellectual histories?of the immediate post-civil rights movement years in America.
About the Author
Derrick E. White is associate professor of history at Florida Atlantic University and contributor to “We Shall Independent Be”: African American Place-Making and the Struggle to Claim Space in the United States.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations ix
List of Abbreviations xi
Introduction. Where Do We Go from Here?: The Long Seventies 1
1 "The Challenge of Blackness": The IBW and the Black Studies Movement 19
2 "Liberated Grounds": The IBW's Independence and Reorganization 59
3 "Toward a Black Agenda": The IBW and a Black Political Agenda for the Seventies 102
4 "Collective Scholarship": Developing and Promoting Synthetic Analyses 136
5 "The Tapes Were the Heart of the Matter": The IBW's Infiltration and Decline 166
Epilogue: The IBW's Closing and Legacy 192
Appendix: IBW Membership, Conferences, and Symposium Lists 203