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The Challenge of Blackness: The Institute of the Black World and Political Activism in the 1970s

Derrick E. White


This book examines how the Institute of the Black World (IBW), led by historian, theologian, and political activist Vincent Harding, mobilized Black intellectuals in identifying strategy to continue the Black Freedom Struggle in the 1970s. Harding and colleagues founded the IBW in Atlanta, Georgia in 1969. Under Harding's leadership, it became an activist think tank that evaluated Black Studies for emerging programs, developed a Black political agenda for the 1970s with Black elected officials and grassroots activists, and mediated ideological conflicts among Black activists. Relying on the in ... More

Keywords: Black intellectuals, Vincent Harding, IBW, Black Studies, African American Studies, Black Politics, Post-Civil Rights, Pragmatic Black Nationalism, 1970s, Black Power

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780813037356
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813037356.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Derrick E. White, author