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Radicalizing the ebony tower : Black colleges and the Black freedom struggle in Mississippi / Joy Ann Williamson.

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Author/Creator:
Williamson, Joy Ann.
Language:
English.
Publication date:
2008
Imprint:
New York : Teachers College Press, c2008.
Format:
  • Book
  • ix, 214 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Publisher's Summary:
This is a profoundly moving story of Black colleges in Mississippi during a watershed moment in their history. It is also the story of young Americans trying to balance their pursuit of higher education with the parallel struggle for civil rights. "Radicalizing the Ebony Tower" examines colleges against the backdrop of the black freedom struggle of the middle twentieth century, a highly contentious conflict between state agents determined to protect the racial hierarchy and activists equally determined to cripple white supremacy. Activists demanded that colleges play a central role in the Civil Rights Movement (a distinct challenge to the notion of the ivory tower) while state agents demanded that colleges distance themselves from the black freedom struggle and promised to mete out harsh penalties if they did not. Through the words and deeds of actual participants, this path-breaking study documents how activists ultimately transformed non-political institutions into libratory agents.
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Series:
Reflective history series.
Subjects:
ISBN:
9780807748640
0807748641
9780807748633
0807748633

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