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National Review of Black Politics is the official journal of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS). 

About the National Conference of Black Political Scientists 

In April 1969, approximately thirty-five black political scientists gathered at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to discuss the problems faced by persons teaching political science at historically black colleges and universities. The group reconvened at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in New York in September of that year. It was the consensus of this now broader group that the problems facing black political scientists, independent of their geographical location or institution, were sufficiently similar to warrant establishment of a national organization. Consequently, the persons present at this September 1969 meeting voted to establish themselves as the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS). The organization’s first Annual Meeting was held at Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA in May 1970.

NCOBPS is organized to study, enhance, and promote the political aspirations of people of African descent in the United States and throughout the world. It aims to contribute to the resolution of the many challenges that black people confront. The organization promotes research in and critical analysis of topics usually overlooked and/or marginalized in political science scholarship. It believes that its scholarship must address wide-ranging “real world” issues and not the narrow, and often manufactured, concerns of the discipline.

NCOPBS also has a long tradition of identifying, mentoring, and supporting students interested in political science, including areas of political communication, public policy and administration, public affairs, comparative politics, and international relations. The organization offers scholarships, fellowships, and research awards to undergraduate and graduate students, and provides many activities for students to network and collaborate with faculty and practitioners of political science.

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