David Olson, Program Chair
¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 In 1978 NCFR celebrated its 40th anniversary, and the conference was held at the Philadelphia Sheraton Hotel, October 19–22. The theme chosen by David Olson, the program chair, was “Family Policy: Putting Priorities into Action.”
¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Jacquelyne Johnson Jackson was the plenary speaker, and her address was titled: “Hey, Uncle Sam, What’s Happening to Black and Aging Families?” Other plenary speakers included Patsy Flemkng, director of Governmental Affairs, Office of Civil Rights, who spoke on “Families in Transition,” and Wilbur J. Cohn and Nancy Amidal, who spoke on “Changing Public Policies to War Families.”
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Lee Axelson and Paul Glick reviewed their recent survey of NCFR members with the title “Marriage and Family Specialists Look Ahead: The Coming issues of the Next Decade.” Murray Straus gave the 1977 Burgess Award Address on the topic of “Coming Full Circle: A Theory of Industrialization and Family Structure.”
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 A pre-conference workshop on “Divorce” was given by Matti Gershenfeld of Philadelphia. James L. Framo gave a post-conference workshop on “The Integration of Marital Therapy With Work With the Family of Origin.”
¶ 6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 The Black Caucus, convened by Marie Peters and joined by several individuals, including Earl Merritt, Patricia Bell Scott, Robert Staples, Robert Hampton, and Leanor Boulin Johnson, met to decide on a name for the group to be recommended to the Board. The meeting was held in a dimly lit room. After much discussion—pro and con—the name “Black Caucus” was decided on. David Baptiste and Karl Nabinet were designated as co-chairs and Louise Bates was named Secretary–Treasurer.