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“The Challenge of Blackness”

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813037356.003.0002
“The Challenge of Blackness”

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This chapter describes demands for Black Studies programs, especially at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and the founding of the Institute of the Black World. Vincent Harding, along with Stephen Henderson, a literature professor at Morehouse College, and colleagues organized the IBW in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Center. Harding and Henderson's rationale for Black Studies and the eventual creation of the IBW was a “Black university perspective.” This analytical and organizational philosophy emphasized opposition to the normative methodological approaches to racial analysis, structural autonomy, and relevance to Black communities. In adherence to the Black university perspective, the IBW organized a Black Studies Directors Conference in November 1969, where the IBW leadership and associates evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of emerging Black Studies programs.

Keywords: Black Studies; Historically Black Colleges; HBCUs; Martin Luther King; Atlanta University Center; student protests; Vincent Harding; Stephen Henderson

Chapter.  12660 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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