Series 6
Organizations and conferences, 1955-1988
Boxes 105-118

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of files related to Killens's involvement with various organizations and conferences related to African-American arts and the Civil Rights Movement. The bulk of the material consists of correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, clippings, and printed material associated with organizations and conferences with which Killens was affiliated. The files document Killens's founding of the Harlem Writers Guild, the National Cultural Committee of the New York Branch of the NAACP, and the Association of Artists for Freedom. Other files pertain to Killens's role on the Board of Directors of the Black Academy of Arts and Letters, the Institute of the Black World, the Black Drama Productions Company, the National Center of Afro American Artists, and Third World Cinema Productions.

Other organizational affiliations reflect Killens's non-literary involvement with the Civil Rights Movement. Reports, proposals, correspondence, and printed material document his active participation in the Organization for Afro-American Unity, the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE), and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. Some material also pertains to Killens's participation in organizations seeking to end colonialism in Africa, including the American Committee on Africa, the American Society of African Culture (1958 1966), and Art Against Apartheid (1984 1985).

Many of the conferences Killens participated in or attended were affiliated with these organizations. Conferences Killens was involved in through his capacity as a teacher can be found in Series 5: Teaching Files.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order.

Box Folder Content
105 1 African Activists in America, 1984
105 2 African Group to the United Nations, "Conference in Solidarity with the Liberation Struggles of the Peoples of South Africa," New York, New York, October 9-11, 1981
105 3 African Trans Afro Cultural Union, Black Educational Awareness Project, 1966
105 4 Africana Museum, 1976
105 5 Afro-American Cultural Foundation, 1969-1982
105 6 Afro-American Cultural and Historical Society, "The Pushkin Presence in Russian Culture" project, 1981-1982
105 7 Afro-American Cultural and Historical Society Museum, 1981
105 8 Afroamerican Institute, circa 1970
105 9 Afro-Americans for Progress, circa 1970
105 10 Alabama A & M College, "Writers Conference," Normal, Alabama, April 29-30, 1965
105 11 Amandala U.S. Tour Committee, Keorapetse Willie Kgositsile poetry reading, 1987-1988
105 12 American Committee on Africa, 1961-1967
105 13 American Committee on Africa, Consultative Council on South Africa, 1964-1965
105 14 American Negro Emancipation Centennial Authority, circa 1962
105 15 American Negro Magazine, 1956
105 16 American Negro Theatrical Association, 1962-1965
105 17 American Society of African Culture
105 18 American Society of African Culture, 1st Annual Conference, 1958
105 19 American Society of African Culture, 2nd Annual Conference, 1959
105 20 American Society of African Culture, 3rd Annual Conference, 1960
106 1 American Society of African Culture, 4th Annual Conference, 1963 [1 of 3]
106 2 American Society of African Culture, 4th Annual Conference, 1963 [2 of 3]
106 3 American Society of African Culture, 4th Annual Conference, 1963 [3 of 3]
106 4 American Society of African Culture, 7th Annual Meeting, 1964
106 5 American Society of African Culture, 8th Annual Meeting, 1965
106 6 American Society of African Culture, Arthur and Ruth Sloan Lectures on Africa, 1961
106 7 American Society of African Culture, brochures, fliers, and pamphlets
106 8 American Society of African Culture, Conference of Negro Writers, 1959-1964
107 1 American Society of African Culture, correspondence, 1957-1966
107 2 American Society of African Culture, library
107 3 American Society of African Culture, minutes and annual reports, 1961-1963
107 4 American Society of African Culture, newsletters, 1959-1966
107 5 American Society of African Culture, Performing Arts Festival, 1961
107 6 American Society of African Culture, press releases, 1961-1965
107 7 American Society of African Culture, Ramparts article, 1969
107 8 Architects' Renewal Committee in Harlem (ARCH), 1967
107 9 Art Against Apartheid, 1984-1985
107 10 Art Against Apartheid, Book Party, 1984
107 11 Artists Foundation, 1979-1980
107 12 Association of Artists for Freedom, correspondence, 1963-1979
107 13 Association of Artists for Freedom, financial records, 1963-1967
107 14 Association of Artists for Freedom, fliers and press releases, 1963-1964
107 15 Association of Artists for Freedom, minutes, 1963-1964
107 16 Association of Artists for Freedom, "Black Revolution and the White Backlash" forum, 1964
108 1 Association of Artists for Freedom, "Black Revolution and the White Backlash" forum, financial records and notes, 1964
108 2 Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, 1957-1976
108 3 Authors Guild of the Authors League of America, bulletins, 1962, 1971
108 4 Authors Guild of the Authors League of America, correspondence, 1952-1971
108 5 Authors Guild of the Authors League of America, fliers and brochures, 1954-1960
108 6 Authors Guild of the Authors League of America, minutes. 1954-1960
108 7 AUDELCO Black Theatre Awards, 1974
108 8 Bedford-Stuyvesant Communiversity, 1967-1968
108 9 Bedford-Stuyvesant Youth in Action, 1964-1968
108 10 Billie Holiday Theatre, 1978-1983
108 11 Black Academy of Arts and Letters, 1st Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet, September 19-20, 1970
108 12 Black Academy of Arts and Letters, 2nd Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet, September 18-20, 1971
108 13 Black Academy of Arts and Letters, 3rd Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet, October 1972
108 14 Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Board of Directors members
108 15 Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Book Committee, 1971
108 16 Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Conference on a Black Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, New York, December 8, 1968
109 1 Black Academy of Arts and Letters, contract of property sale, 1972
109 2 Black Academy of Arts and Letters, correspondence, 1968-1971
109 3 Black Academy of Arts and Letters, correspondence, 1972-1980
109 4 Black Academy of Arts and Letters, dissolution of corporation, 1979
109 5 Black Academy of Arts and Letters, financial reports, 1970-1972
109 6 Black Academy of Arts and Letters, founding, 1968
109 7 Black Academy of Arts and Letters, meeting minutes and memorandums, 1969-August 1970
109 8 Black Academy of Arts and Letters, meeting minutes and memorandums, September 1970-October 1971
109 9 Black Academy of Arts and Letters, meeting minutes and memorandums, November-December 1971
110 1 Black Academy of Arts and Letters, meeting minutes and memorandums, 1972-1973
110 2 Black Academy of Arts and Letters, National Conference to Assess the State of Black Art and Letters, Chicago, Illinois, May 26-28 1972
110 3 Black Academy of Arts and Letters, newsletters, 1970
110 4 Black Academy of Arts and Letters, notes, undated
110 5 Black Academy of Arts and Letters, press releases, 1969-1971
110 6 Black Academy of Arts and Letters, printed material
110 7 Black Academy of Arts and Letters, proposals, 1971
110 8 Black Drama Productions, 1968-1969
110 9 Black Filmmakers Foundation, circa 1978
110 10 Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, correspondence, 1976
110 11 Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, presentation package, 1976
110 12 Black Power conferences, 1967 and 1968
110 13 Black and Puerto Rican Political Convention, Newark, New Jersey, November 14-16, 1969
110 14 Black Scholar, 1969-1984 [1 of 2]
110 15 Black Scholar, 1969-1984 [2 of 2]
110 16 Black Theatre Alliance, 1974
110 17 Black Workers Organizing Committee, 1981
110 18 Board of Education of the City of New York, "Group Dynamics in Human Relations" course, February 25-May 27, 1969
110 19 Campaign to Free Dr. Mutulu Shakur, 1986
110 20 Club 813, 1954
110 21 College Association for Public Events and Services, Killens's California Trip, 1968
111 1 Columbia College, "Arts and the Inner City," conference, Chicago, Illinois, May 13-15, 1968
111 2 Committee to Defend Martin Luther King and the Struggle for Freedom in the South, 1960
111 3 Committee to Draft JudgeThomas R. Jones for Congress, 1964
111 4 Committee in Support of Martin Luther King, circa 1967
111 5 Committee for United Negro Relief, 1961
111 6 Community Review magazine, advisory and editorial boards, 1979-1984
111 7 Conference in Solidarity with the Liberation Struggles of the People of Southern Africa, New York, New York, October 9-11, 1981
111 8 Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), correspondence, 1965-1968
111 9 Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), fliers and brochures
111 10 Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), minutes, 1967
111 11 Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), National Annual Convention, July 1967
111 12 Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), newsclippings
111 13 Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), press releases, 1967
111 14 Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), revised constitution, 1966
111 15 Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), speeches, 1966-1967
111 16 Coordinating Council for Negro Performers (CCNP), constitution and bylaws, November 20, 1954
111 17 Council of Federated Organizations (COFO), Mississippi Summer Project, 1964
111 18 Council on Interracial Books for Children, 1965-1986
112 1 Detroit Federation of Teachers, Conference on Racism in Education, May 11-13, 1967
112 2 Dialogue on African and Afro-American Art, circa 1967
112 3 Division of Instructional Television of the Maryland State Department of Education, Afro-American Perspectives Series, 1974
112 4 Eastern Regional Ballardites, Ballard Normal High School reunion, 1980 [1 of 2]
112 5 Eastern Regional Ballardites, Ballard Normal High School reunion, 1980 [2 of 2]
112 6 Eastern Regional Ballardites, by-laws, 1981-1984
112 7 Educational Communications Corporation, 1961-1962
112 8 Emergency Committee for Non-Interference in Jamaica, 1980
112 9 Endeavor to Raise Our Size (EROS)
112 10 External Development Services (EDS), West Africa Documentary Films, Agreement, 1961
112 11 External Development Services (EDS), West Africa Documentary Films, c correspondence, 1961-1962
112 12 External Development Services (EDS), West Africa Documentary Films, monographs, Congo and Niger
112 13 External Development Services (EDS), West Africa Documentary Films, monographs, Liberia
112 14 External Development Services (EDS), West Africa Documentary Films, monographs, Nigeria
112 15 External Development Services (EDS), West Africa Documentary Films, notes
112 16 External Development Services (EDS), West Africa Documentary Films, "Notes by Wynford Vaughn Thomas on his trip with EDS scripting team to West Africa," June 1961
113 1 External Development Services (EDS), West Africa Documentary Films, printed material
113 2 External Development Services (EDS), West Africa Documentary Films, "Subject Matter for Thirteen Films About West Africa," April 20, 1961
113 3 External Development Services (EDS), West Africa Documentary Films, travel itinerary, June 12-October 11, 1961
113 4 Fellowship of Reconciliation, Middle Atlantic Region, circa 1959
113 5 Field Foundation Lecture Series, 1964
113 6 First World: An International Journal of Black Thought, correspondence and bulletins, 1976-1981
113 7 Ford-Turpin Symposium on Afro-American Literature, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland, April 8-9, 1983
113 8 Free Southern Theatre, 1964-1969
113 9 Fulton Art Fair, 1963-1965
113 10 Gandhi Society for Human Rights
113 11 Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials, Fall Annual Conference, Georgia Southwestern College, Americus, Georgia, November 17-19, 1977
113 12 Georgia Endowment for the Humanities, Georgia trip, 1986
113 13 Good Will Project, Tri-State
113 14 Hampton Institute, National Library Week, April 25-May 1, 1965
113 15 Harlem Cultural Council, 1969
113 16 Harlem Unity Rally for Bill Worthy, 1962
113 17 Harlem Writers' Guild, Conference on the New Negro Writer's Vision of America, The New School, April 23-25, 1965
114 1 Harlem Writers' Guild, correspondence, 1956-1967
114 2 Harlem Writers' Guild, events
114 3 Harlem Writers' Guild, meetings
114 4 The Heritage Group, circa 1966
114 5 Howard University Institute for the Arts and Humanities, "National Conference of Afro-American Writers," November 8-10, 1974
114 6 Howard University Student Association, "Towards a Black University," conference, Washington, D.C., November 13-17, 1968
114 7 Independent Democrats for Jesse Jackson, circa 1984
114 8 Indiana Statewide Committee on Penal Reform, circa 1969
114 9 International Black Workers Congress, manifesto, Detroit, Michigan, 1971
114 10 Institute of Black Studies, Southern Black Organizers Training Institute Proposal, 1981
114 11 Institute of the Black World, 4th Annual Conference, Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia, November 18-19, 1983
114 12 Institute of the Black World, 5th Pan African Congress (1945), "A Selected History," 1978 [1 of 3]
114 13 Institute of the Black World, 5th Pan African Congress (1945), "A Selected History," 1978 [2 of 3]
114 14 Institute of the Black World, 5th Pan African Congress (1945), "A Selected History," 1978 [3 of 3]
114 15 Institute of the Black World, Black Agenda Project, 1970
114 16 Institute of the Black World, Board of Directors, directories and reports
114 17 Institute of the Black World, correspondence, 1969-1980
114 18 Institute of the Black World, development and statements of purpose, 1969
114 19 Institute of the Black World, "Notes on the Struggle for Black Higher Education," position paper, June 1971
115 1 Institute of the Black World, printed material
115 2 International Association for Cultural Freedom, 1969
115 3 International Black Writers Conference, Chicago, Illinois, June 14, 1986
115 4 John Mitchell Memorial Foundation, prospectus, 1966
115 5 Joint Council of Professional and Technical Organizations, 1959-1960
115 6 Junior Black Academy of Arts and Letters, 1976-1983
115 7 Kuumba
115 8 Malcolm X Society, 1968-1970
115 9 McKissick Enterprises, Soul City, North Carolina development project, 1969
115 10 McKissick Enterprises, Soul City, North Carolina development project, 1970-1974
115 11 McKissick Enterprises, Soul City, North Carolina development project, 1975-1979
115 12 McKissick Enterprises, Soul City, North Carolina development project, brochures, 1970s
115 13 McKissick Enterprises, Thunder and Lightning Press, 1968-1970
116 1 Media Access Training Unit, 1981
116 2 Middle Atlantic Writers Association, Second Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, November 5-7, 1981
116 3 Moslem Students' Association of the US and Canada, circa 1981
116 4 Muntu Productions, 1966-1967
116 5 The Nation Institute, The American Writers Congress, New York, New York, October 9-12, 1981
116 6 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Annual Convention, 1955
116 7 NAACP Brooklyn Branch, Cultural Activities Committee, correspondence, 1956-1957
116 8 NAACP Brooklyn Branch, Cultural Activities Committee, event planning and publicity, 1956-1957
116 9 NAACP Brooklyn Branch, Cultural Activities Committee, "Night of the Stars for Civil Rights," April 25, 1957
116 10 NAACP, Mae Mallory case, 1963
116 11 NAACP, National Civil Rights Library and Archives, unowned booklist, undated
116 12 NAACP, New York State Conference, 1956
116 13 NAACP, printed material, 1950s
116 14 National Center of Afro American Artists, Board of Directors, administrative material
116 15 National Center of Afro American Artists, by-laws
116 16 National Center of Afro American Artists, correspondence and printed material
116 17 National Conference of Christians and Jews, "Black Power--A Positive Force," conference, New York, New York, March 28, 1968
116 18 National Defense Organization against Racist and Political Repression, founding conference, Chicago, Illinois, May 11-13 1973
116 19 National Legal Defense Fund, 1973
116 20 Negro Digest and Black World, correspondence, 1963-1976
116 21 New Renaissance Writers Guild, founding members, circa 1983
116 22 New York Civil Liberties Union, 1968
116 23 New York State Council on the Arts, Literature Panel, 1981-1982
117 1 NIMM Educational Media Service, Writers' and Educators' Media Workshop, Gary, Indiana, October 27-29, 1983
117 2 Northern Student Movement, 1964-1966
117 3 Organization of Afro-American Unity, petition to the United Nations, 1964
117 4 Organization of Arab Students of the U.S.A., 1957
117 5 PEN, 1966-1980
117 6 PEN, 37th International PEN Congress, Seoul, South Korea, 1970
117 7 Philadelphia Urban League, 1969
117 8 Samuel French, Fifteenth Annual National Collegiate Playwriting Contest, 1967
117 9 Student Nonviolent Coordinating, Committee [1 of 4]
117 10 Student Nonviolent Coordinating, Committee [2 of 4]
117 11 Student Nonviolent Coordinating, Committee [3 of 4]
117 12 Student Nonviolent Coordinating, Committee [4 of 4]
117 13 Student Organization for Black Unity, Malcolm X Liberation University, 1969-1970
117 14 Third World Cinema Productions, 1970-1977
117 15 Twenty-First Century Foundation, Clarence L. Holte Prize, 1979-1983
118 1 UCLA Black Writers Association, First Annual Writers Workshop and Lecture Series, May 25-26, 1971
118 2 UNAVA, 1946-1947
118 3 United Negro and Allied Veterans of America
118 4 United Public Workers of America, 1946-1948
118 5 United States Committee for the World Festival of Negro Arts, 1964-1965
118 6 United States Information Service, 1961
118 7 Unity Democratic Club, circa 1963
118 8 University of Georgia, "Roots in Georgia: A Literary Symposium," Athens, Georgia, May 15-18, 1985
118 9 Verlag Volk und Welt, International Writers Meeting, Berlin-Weimar, May 14-22, 1965
118 10 West Virginia State College, 1964
118 11 William L. Patterson Foundation, 1979-1981
118 12 Writers Conference, suggested format, undated
118 13 Writers and Editors War Tax Protest, circa 1967
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