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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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“The Tapes Were the Heart of the Matter”

“The Tapes Were the Heart of the Matter”

The IBW's Infiltration and Decline

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The Challenge of Blackness

Derrick E. White

University Press of Florida

This chapter chronicles the decline of the IBW and its struggle to survive in the increasingly conservative climate of the late 1970s. It also details the organization's persistent financial troubles. At the center of the IBW's problems were a series of mysterious break-ins that destabilized the financially fragile organization. The break-ins appear to have been government sponsored by the likes of the FBI's Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO). The IBW's demise meant the loss of a vibrant intellectual space that attempted to maintain the Black Freedom Struggle in the 1970s.

Keywords:   FBI, Counter Intelligence Program, COINTELPRO, Venceremos Brigade, Black radicalism, foundations

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