SOURCE: Boston Review
by Andrew J. Douglas and Jared Loggins
Atlanta's Institute of the Black World struggled to negotiate its mission to theorize and document Black oppression and resistance without being captured or controlled by outside institutions, including the established historically Black colleges in Atlanta. Its history raises difficult and important questions about the relationship of universities and freedom today.
SOURCE: Black Perspectives
by Alexander Hyres
A historian of education argues that Black studies was not an invention of the 1960s; its flawed implementation reflected the long battles Black activists fought against hostile and indifferent school administrations for decades before.
SOURCE: The New Yorker
The literary scholar Saidiya Hartman's studies of the aftermath of slavery and the African diaspora point to the limits of archival records for understanding historical Black experience. Some historians question whether her methods fill archival gaps too creatively.
SOURCE: New York Times
James S. Jackson pioneered survey methods that allowed African Americans to be studied as a group rather than in comparison to a baseline defined by whites.
SOURCE: Oxford University Press Blog
by Armond R. Towns
Ongoing protest movements demonstrate that Black Studies is for everybody. The question is: how long will it take for higher education to catch up to such a realization?
SOURCE: NPR Codeswitch
50 years ago, studying the history and culture of any people who were not white and Western was considered radical.
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