The Harvard Institute of Politics announced last Wednesday that it will sponsor, along with the Congressional Black Caucus and four major city newspapers, a national conference here in April aimed at establishing new domestic priorities.
Organizers of the forum, which will begin with the presentation of position papers on six key domestic issues by the 13 members of the Caucus, expect between 600 and 700 community leaders, politicians and newspaper representatives to attend.
The three-day discussion of problems facing blacks, Puerto Ricans, poor whites and other minorities will be held at Harvard on April 5, 6 and 7, during spring vacation.
Among those who will attend are former Attorney General Ramsey Clark; the Rev. Jesse Jackson, National President of PUSH; Dr. Charles Hurst, President of Malcolm X College in Chicago; Edgar Kaiser, Chairman of the Board of Kaiser Industries Corp.; and William Lucas, the Sheriff of Wayne County, Mich. near Detroit.
Several Harvard professors, such as Dr. John H. Knowles, director of Massachusetts General Hospital and President-elect of the Rockefeller Foundation, will also participate.
Ernest R. May, director of the Institute of Politics, said Friday that members of the Institute--aside from planning the conference from Harvard's side--will compile a report on the forum by early May which will be distributed to government agencies throughout the country.
Beyond this, Harvard's involvement in the conference is solely that of co-sponsorship, May said. The four newspapers which helped develop the idea for the forum--The Boston Globe. The Chicago Sun-Times, The Louisville Courier-Journal and The Philadelphia Bulletin--are providing all of the financial backing.
Warren Jackson, the coordinator of the conference, said last week that the conference will be bi-partisan, and the members of the Nixon Administration have been invited. "There is no possible of this becoming a political forum, said.
Rep. Perren J. Mitchell (R-Md.) represented the Black Caucus and announcement of the conference the discussion will focus on domestic priorities "to deal with unresolved problems of the
Mitchell admitted, however, this is apprehensive about how effect of the recommendations of the conference--entitled "What Our National Prioroties Should Be"--will be put into practice.
"I suppose the chief thing we hope to achieve is a new attitude toward solving domestic problems said, citing a neglect of minority groups in education, law and justice, housing, health and . These are the areas which the Caucus's position .
The conference will around the position papers, with discussion groups each in Lowell Hall, Emerson 205 and We want to maximize discussion to come to some constructive ," Jackson said.
James Hogue, the of the Chicago Sun-Times, said Wednesday that the conference no conflict of interest for the publications involved, or for the 300 newspaper representatives to attend.
"We feel that involvement in the issues is simply of what we do every day. of involvement certainly does compromise the general principles reporting the news," he said.
The April conference is the largest undertaking in the history of the Institute of Politics, which has established in 1966 and which sponsors smaller forums on governmental problems