“The Tapes Were the Heart of the Matter”

Derrick E. White

in The Challenge of Blackness

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780813037356
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041605 | DOI:
“The Tapes Were the Heart of the Matter”

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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

Chapter.  9954 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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