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The Challenge of BlacknessThe Institute of the Black World and Political Activism in the 1970s$
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Derrick E. White

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813037356

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813037356.001.0001

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“Toward a Black Agenda”

“Toward a Black Agenda”

The IBW and a Black Political Agenda for the Seventies

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(p.102) 3 “Toward a Black Agenda”
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The Challenge of Blackness
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Derrick E. White

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813037356.003.0004

This chapter turns to the IBW's political analyses and its work as a think tank to develop a Black political agenda for the 1972 election. The IBW's analysis and agenda emphasized structural racism, and its agenda was a product of its Black Agenda Network, which consisted of activist intellectuals. The IBW submitted its agenda to the 1972 National Black Political Convention in Gary, Indiana. It also assisted Maynard Jackson in developing policy themes when he ran for mayor of Atlanta. The IBW's policy analyses demonstrated the momentary unity among various segments of the Black activist community, but its difficulties revealed emerging tensions.

Keywords:   1972 election, Atlanta, Black Political Convention, Gary, Indiana, Maynard Jackson, Black elected officials, Amiri Baraka, William Strickland

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