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xi, 329 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Introduction Chapter 1. The Effects of the Crash: The Youth Problem from New York City to Harlan County, Kentucky, and Back Again Chapter 2. The Reed Harrison Affair: Youth Claim Their Rights and Freedoms at Columbia University and Beyond Chapter 3. The Scottsboro Boys: Demands for Equality from the Deep South to New York City Chapter 4. The Popular Front: Strength in Unity, New York City Organizations Come Together in Solidarity Chapter 5. Playing Politics and Making Policy: Institutionalizing a Vision from New York to Washington Chapter 6. The Fight Against Fascism: The Spanish Republicans Find their Support in New York City Chapter 7. Dissolution: World War II Subverts the Zeitgeist and Youth's Vision for America Conclusion.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780823277995 20171211
During the Great Depression, young radicals centered in New York City developed a vision of and for America, molded by their understanding of recent historical events, in particular the Great War and the global economic collapse, as well as by the events unfolding both at home and abroad. They worked to make their vision of a free, equal, democratic society based on peaceful coexistence a reality. Their attempts were ultimately unsuccessful but their voices were heard on a number of important issues, including free speech, racial justice, and peace. A major contribution to the historiography of the era of the Great Depression, Fighting Authoritarianism provides a new and important examination of U.S. youth activism of the 1930s, including the limits of the New Deal and how youth activists continually pushed FDR, Eleanor Roosevelt, and other New Dealers to do more to address economic distress, more inclusionary politics, and social inequality. In this study, author Britt Haas questions the interventionist versus isolationist paradigm in that young people sought to focus on both domestic and international affairs. Haas also explores the era not as a precursor to WWII, but as a moment of hope when the prospect of institutionalizing progress in freedom, equality, and democracy seemed possible. Fighting Authoritarianism corrects misconceptions about these young activists' vision for their country, heavily influenced by the American Dream they had been brought up to revere: they wanted a truly free, truly democratic, and truly equal society. That meant embracing radical ideologies, especially socialism and communism, which were widely discussed, debated, and promoted on New York City college campuses. They believed that in embracing these ideologies, they were not turning their backs on American values. Instead, they believed that such ideologies were the only way to make America live up to its promises. This study also outlines the careers of Molly Yard, Joseph Lash, and James Wechsler, how they retracted (and for Yard and Lash, reclaimed) their radical past, and how New York continued to hold a prominent platform in their careers. Lash and Wechsler both worked for the New York Post, the latter as editor until 1980. Examining the Depression decade from the perspective of young activists highlights the promise of America as young people understood it: a historic moment when anything seemed possible.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780823277995 20171211
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2. Agents of change [2016]

Video
1 online resource (streaming video file) (66 minutes) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
Current struggles to make colleges welcoming and relevant for students of color continue movements which swept across campuses fifty years ago. AGENTS OF CHANGE tells the timely and inspiring story of how successful protests for equity and inclusion led to establishing the first Black and Ethnic Studies departments at two very different universities: San Francisco State (1968) and Cornell (1969). San Francisco State students, their supporters on the faculty and in the community, including the increasingly influential Black Panther Party, launched the longest student strike in U.S. history. In addition to curricular changes, they demanded increased minority student recruitment and retention, and the hiring of minority faculty. Student activists, like actor Danny Glover, demonstrated and faced brutal police assaults and massive arrests unleashed by then-Governor Ronald Reagan. In spite of these obstacles, Black, Latino and Asian student groups formed the Third World Liberation Front and emerged victorious, creating the first College of Ethnic Studies in the nation and igniting similar actions across the country. This award-winning documentary features a dynamic soundtrack written and performed by Patrice Rushen and is punctuated by the music of James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye and others from the era.
Book
xviii, 296 pages ; 24 cm.
Few people know that student protest emerged in Latin America decades before the infamous student movements of Western Europe and the U.S. in the 1960s. Even fewer people know that Central American university students authored colonial agendas and anti-colonial critiques. In fact, Central American students were key actors in shaping ideas of nation, empire, and global exchange. Bridging a half-century of student protest from 1929 to 1983, this source reader contains more than sixty texts from Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, and Costa Rica, including editorials, speeches, manifestos, letters, and pamphlets. Available for the first time in English, these rich texts help scholars and popular audiences alike to rethink their preconceptions of student protest and revolution. The texts also illuminate key issues confronting social movements today: global capitalism, dispossession, privatization, development, and state violence.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781474403696 20170424
Education Library (Cubberley)
Book
xxiii, 285 pages ; 24 cm
"What are the real roots of the student protests of 2015 and 2016? Is it actually about fees? Why did so many protests turn violent? Where is the government while the buildings burn, and do the students know how to end the protests? Former Free State University Vice-Chancellor Jonathan Jansen delves into the unprecedented disruption of universities that caught South Africa by surprise. In frank interviews with eleven of the VCs most affected, he examines the forces at work, why the protests escalate into chaos, and what is driving – and exasperating – our youth. This urgent and necessary book gives us an insider view of the crisis, tells us why the conflict will not go away and what it means for the future of our universities."--Back cover.
Green Library, SAL3 (off-campus storage)
AFRICAAM-147-01, CSRE-174-01, HISTORY-147-01
Video
1 online resource (streaming video file) (56 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
It covers the Los Angeles high school blow outs of 1968 thoroughly and with passion. Part 3 is also likely to be the most interesting to students because they can witness young people their own age forcefully agitating for change. It is also striking because the catalysts for the walk outs--high drop out rate, crumbling schools, lack of Mexican American teachers--still resonate today. This segment is visually interesting as well because the filmmakers made a conscious effort to interview actual participants (which they do in all the segments). Here they actually go back and forth between a photo or video of a participant from the 1960s to that same person being interviewed today, and it is insightful to see how that individual changed in the intervening thirty years. For example, at one point the video discusses how the students were trying to garner outside support for their cause in order to legitimate it in the eyes of the school board. Robert Kennedy agrees to meet with student leaders and offer his support (he was running for president at the time and was in California to meet with Cesar Chavez), and we see a picture of Kennedy surrounded by student leaders. The camera then focuses on a young Harry Gamboa--one of the walk-out leaders--standing next to Kennedy and the video then fades away to a current day interview with him.
Book
xvii, 218 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Acknowledgments Introduction to the New Edition Introduction Prologue 1. The Dawn of Dissent 2. The Awakening of Activism 3. The Antiwar Movement 4. A Precarious Peace 5. Student Rights/Civil Rights: African Americans and the Struggle for Racial Justice 6. The Women's Movement: An Idea Whose Time Had Come 7. Bloomington and the Counterculture in Southern Indiana Epilogue: The End of an Era at Indiana University Epilogue to the New Edition Conclusion Bibliography Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780253026682 20170530
During the 1960s in the heartlands of America-a region of farmland, conservative politics, and traditional family values-students at Indiana University were transformed by their realization that the personal was the political. Taking to the streets, they made their voices heard on issues from local matters, such as dorm curfews and self-governance, to national issues of racism, sexism, and the Vietnam War. In this grassroots view of student activism, Mary Ann Wynkoop documents how students became antiwar protestors, civil rights activists, members of the counterculture, and feminists who shaped a protest movement that changed the heart of Middle America and redefined higher education, politics, and cultural values. Based on research in primary sources, interviews, and FBI files, Dissent in the Heartland reveals the Midwestern pulse of the 1960s beating firmly, far from the elite schools and urban centers of the East and West. This revised edition includes a new introduction and epilogue that document how deeply students were transformed by their time at IU, evidenced by their continued activism and deep impact on the political, civil, and social landscapes of their communities and country.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780253026682 20170530
Education Library (Cubberley)
Book
xiv, 219 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • 1. Introduction 2.The Pre-1952 Era 3. The Nasser Era 4. The Sadat Era 5. The Mubarak Era (1981-2001) 6.The Mubarak Era (2001-2011) Conclusion.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138656109 20161219
Egyptians in Revolt investigates the political economy of the Egyptian labor and student movements. Using elements of social movement theory within a broad political economy framework, it assesses labor and student mobilizations in four eras of contemporary Egyptian history: the pre-1952 era, the Nasser era, the Sadat era and the Mubarak era. Egyptians in Revolt examines how both student and labor groups responded to the political economy pressures of the respective eras. Within the context of social movement theory, the book argues that political opportunities and threats have had a significant impact on both student and labor mobilizations. In addition, the book explores how the movements have, at times, been able to affect government policies. However, the argument is made that the inability of both groups to sustain momentum in the long term is due to cooptation efforts by established political forces and the absence of viable and enduring organizational structures that are autonomous of state control. By combining analysis to include both labor and student movements, Egyptians in Revolt is a valuable resource for understanding the Egyptian political economy and its impact on mobilizations. It will therefore be of interest to students and scholars of Middle East Studies, as well as those interested in social movement more broadly.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138656109 20161219
Green Library

8. The fall [2017]

Book
86 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 20 cm.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
Book
ix, 154 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
  • 1. Construction of South African youth before #FeesMustFall 2. Were the 2015 student protests a revolution? 3. What the 2015 protests actually were and how they were possible? 4. Ikhohlisan'ihlomile:# FMF students' engagement with power and their ideological differences 5. Can South Africa's declining economy inspire a student-led new revolution? 6. Youth's declining news consumption levels and ideologically-divided media: the (im) possibility of the new revolution 7. Youth's polysemic interpretation of the ANC regime text and (im) possibility a new revolution 8. Youth's declining participation levels in the public sphere and (im) possibility a new revolution 9. Conclusion: #FMF protests will not lead to a revolution per se (at least yet), but to wide ranging reforms.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138740433 20171017
This book examines the historical FeesMustFall (FMF) university student protests that took place in South Africa and shows how the enduring historical construction, representation and conceptualisation of South African youth (as typically radical and political) contributed to the (mis)interpretation of FMF protests, and led to a discourse on an African National Congress-toppling revolution. Arguing that the student protests were not the revolutionary movement they have been represented as, Ndlovu demonstrates that ideological divisions amongst the protestors, the declining economy, and reduced youth participation in the political public sphere cannot lead to a new revolution in South African politics. This book will be of interest to students and scholars interested in South African politics, higher education, democracy and protest movements.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138740433 20171017
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10. Metalepsis in black [2017]

Video
1 videodisc (approximately 99 min.) : sound, black and white with color sequences ; 4 3/4 in. Sound: digital; optical; stereo. Video: PAL. Digital: video file; DVD video; all regions.
A film that discusses the need for the decolonization of universities, with a focus on South African universities and colleges. Looks at the group Fees Must Fall, which was established to protest the fees students pay which grow annually. Discusses the involvement of faculty and staff in changing the Western-centric attitudes at institutions of higher education.
Media & Microtext Center
Book
1 online resource (118 pages).
  • Introduction to campus activism in the 21st century
  • Historical context of student activism
  • What's happening today: case studies of activism
  • Shifting perspectives on student activism
  • Policy implications of student involvement
  • Predictions of the future.
"[This book] is a critical source of academic perspectives on contemporary activism and protests from the college student population. Including a range of pertinent topics such as discrimination, school administration, and technology-based activism, this book is ideally designed for educators, professionals, researchers, academics, and students interested in current practices of activism at higher education institutions"--Provided by publisher.
Book
xvi, 216 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
  • 1. Student Politics and Protest: an Introduction. 2. Campaigning for a Movement 3. Student Struggles and Power Relations in Contemporary Universities. 4. Neoliberal Discourses and the Emergence of an Agentic Field: the Chilean Student Movement 5. Affinities and Barricades. 6. Student Politics and the Value(s) of Public Welfare 7. The Politics of Higher Education Funding in the UK Student Movement 1996-2010 8. Student Power in 21st Century Africa 9. Students' Associations 10. 'If Not Now, Then When? If Not Us, Who?' Understanding the Student Protest Movement in Hong Kong 11. Student Mobilization during Turkey's Gezi Resistance: From the Politics of Change to the Politics of Lifestyle 12. Network Formation in Student Political Worlds 13. Conclusion.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138934979 20170213
Despite allegations of political disengagement and apathy on the part of the young, the last ten years have witnessed a considerable degree of political activity by young people - much of it led by students or directed at changes to the higher education system. Such activity has been evident across the globe. Nevertheless, to date, no book has brought together contributions from a wide variety of national contexts to explore such trends in a rigorous manner. Student Politics and Protest: International Perspectives offers a unique contribution to the disciplines of education, sociology, social policy, politics and youth studies. It provides the first book-length analysis of student politics within contemporary higher education comprising contributions from a variety of different countries and addressing questions such as: * What roles do students' unions play in politics today? * How successful are students in bringing about change? * In what ways are students engaged in politics and protest in contemporary society? * How does such engagement differ by national context? Student Politics and Protest: International Perspectives explores a number of common themes, including: the focus and nature of student politics and protest; whether students are engaging in fundamentally new forms of political activity; the characteristics of politically engaged students; the extent to which such activity can be considered to be 'globalised'; and societal responses to political activity on the part of students. Student Politics and Protest: International Perspectives does not seek to develop a coherent argument across all its chapters but, instead, illustrate the variety of empirical foci, theoretical resources and substantive arguments that are being made in relation to student politics and protest. International in scope, with all chapters dealing with recent developments concerning student politics and protest, this book will be an invaluable guide for Higher Education professionals, masters and postgraduate students in education, sociology, social policy, politics and youth studies.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138934979 20170213
Education Library (Cubberley)
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xviii, 325 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Introduction : "Do not mess with us!"
  • The republic of students, 1942-1952
  • Showcase for democracy, 1953-1957
  • A manner of feeling, 1958-1962
  • Go forth and teach all, 1963-1977
  • Combatants for the common cause, 1976-1978
  • Student nationalism without a government, 1977-1980
  • Coda : "Ahí van los estudiantes!", 1980-present.
Between 1944 and 1996, Guatemala experienced a revolution, counterrevolution, and civil war. Playing a pivotal role within these national shifts were students from Guatemala's only public university, the University of San Carlos (USAC). USAC students served in, advised, protested, and were later persecuted by the government, all while crafting a powerful student nationalism. In no other moment in Guatemalan history has the relationship between the university and the state been so mutable, yet so mutually formative. By showing how the very notion of the middle class in Guatemala emerged from these student movements, this book places an often-marginalized region and period at the center of histories of class, protest, and youth movements and provides an entirely new way to think about the role of universities and student bodies in the formation of liberal democracy throughout Latin America.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520292222 20170814
Education Library (Cubberley)
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xx, 230 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
  • Foreword Acknowledgments List of Abbreviations INTRODUCTION 1. MOBILIZATIONS Students Take to the Streets Coordinates of a Cycle of Protest On Violence 2. DISCUSSIONS The Unions and the Movement The Lefts and the Students Paths and Paradoxes of Revolutionary Action 3. CULTURAL EXPRESSIONS Militant Mystiques Youth Cultures More Nuances CONCLUSION. 1968 AND THE EMERGENCE OF A "NEW LEFT" Notes Bibliography Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520290013 20170117
The tumultuous 1960s saw a generation of Latin American youth enter into political life in unprecedented numbers. Though some have argued that these young-radical movements were inspired by the culture and politics of social movements burgeoning in Europe and the United States, youth activism developed its own distinct form in Latin America. In this book, Vania Markarian explores how the Uruguayan student movement of 1968 shaped leftist politics in the country for decades to come. She considers how students invented their own new culture of radicalism to achieve revolutionary change in Uruguay and in Latin America as a whole. By exploring the intersection of activism, political violence, and youth culture, Uruguay, 1968 offers new insights about such subjects as the "New Left" and "Revolutionary Left" that are central to our historical understanding of the 1960s across the globe.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520290013 20170117
Education Library (Cubberley)
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x, 122 pages ; 22 cm.
  • The usable past of Kent State and Jackson State
  • The powell memorandum and the comeback of the economic machinery
  • Student movements and post-World War II minority communities
  • Neoliberalism and the demeaning of student movements.
"In the post-World War II period, students rebelled against the archaic university. In student-led movements, they fought for the new kinds of public the university needed to serve--women, minorities, immigrants, indigenous people, and more--with a success that had a profound impact on the intellectual landscape of the twentieth century. Because of their efforts, ethnic studies, women's studies, and American studies were born, and minority communities have become more visible and important to academic debate. Less than fifty years since this pivotal shift in the academy, however, the university is fighting back. In We Demand, Roderick A. Ferguson shows how the university, particularly the public university, is moving away from "the people" in all their diversity. As more resources are put toward STEM education, humanities and interdisciplinary programs are being cut and shuttered. This has had a devastating effect on the pursuit of knowledge, and on interdisciplinary programs born from the hard work and effort of an earlier generation. This is not only a reactionary move against the social advances since the '60s and '70s, but part of the larger threat of anti-intellectualism in the United States."--Provided by publisher.
Education Library (Cubberley)
Book
xix, 288 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • 1. Pre-1965 Context
  • 2. 1965-1967 Context
  • 3. 1968 Insurgency
  • 4. 1968-1971 Experimentation
  • 5. 1969-1971 Transgression
  • 6. 1969-1971 Unraveling
  • 7. 1972-1976 Extinction
  • 8. Alumni Years.
When Ivory Towers Were Black lies at the potent intersection of race, urban development, and higher education. It tells the story of how an unparalleled cohort of ethnic minority students earned degrees from a world-class university. The story takes place in New York City at Columbia University's School of Architecture and spans a decade of institutional evolution that mirrored the emergence and denouement of the Black Power Movement. Chronicling a surprisingly little-known era in U.S. educational, architectural, and urban history, the book traces an evolutionary arc that begins with an unsettling effort to end Columbia's exercise of authoritarian power on campus and in the community, and ends with an equally unsettling return to the status quo. When Ivory Towers Were Black follows two university units that steered the School of Architecture toward an emancipatory approach to education early along its evolutionary arc: the school's Division of Planning and the university-wide Ford Foundation-funded Urban Center. It illustrates both units' struggle to open the ivory tower to ethnic minority students and to involve them, and their revolutionary white peers, in improving Harlem's slum conditions. The evolutionary arc ends as backlash against reforms wrought by civil rights legislation grew and whites bought into President Richard M. Nixon's law-and-order agenda. The story is narrated through the oral histories of twenty-four Columbia alumni who received the gift of an Ivy League education during this era of transformation but who exited the School of Architecture to find the doors of their careers all but closed due to Nixon-era urban disinvestment policies. When Ivory Towers Were Black assesses the triumphs and subsequent unraveling of this bold experiment to achieve racial justice in the school and in the nearby Harlem/East Harlem community. It demonstrates how the experiment's triumphs lived on not only in the lives of the ethnic minority graduates but also as best practices in university/community relationships and in the fields of architecture and urban planning. The book can inform contemporary struggles for racial and economic equality as an array of crushing injustices generate movements similar to those of the 1960s and '70s. Its first-person portrayal of how a transformative process was reversed can help extend the period of experimentation, and it can also help reopen the door of opportunity to ethnic minority students, who are still in strikingly short supply in elite professions like architecture and planning.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780823276127 20171023
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)
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vii, 261 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
  • Prologue: May 4, 1970-South Vietnam
  • "We have to say 'f
  • ' everywhere"
  • Burn, baby-burn
  • Night of the helicopters
  • Danse macabre
  • Blood like a river
  • Once to every man and nation
  • "Oh, my god! They've killed the guardsmen!"
  • The age of hate
  • An unfortunate incident
  • Blind justice
  • Plan B
  • Paradise lost.
"Using recently available oral histories from participants, Howard Means examines the Kent State shooting and the tumultuous era that reverberates still"--NoveList.
Education Library (Cubberley)
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xvi, 278 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Preface ix Acknowledgments xiii A Note about Names xvii Introduction. Pemuda Fever 1 1. Archive 25 2. Street 57 3. Style 85 4. Violence 117 5. Home 147 6. Democracy 179 Conclusion. A Return to Home 209 Notes 219 Bibliography 247 Index 269.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780822361718 20160718
In Activist Archives Doreen Lee tells the origins, experiences, and legacy of the radical Indonesian student movement that helped end the thirty-two-year dictatorship in May 1998. Lee situates the revolt as the most recent manifestation of student activists claiming a political and historical inheritance passed down by earlier generations of politicized youth. Combining historical and ethnographic analysis of "Generation 98, " Lee offers rich depictions of the generational structures, nationalist sentiments, and organizational and private spaces that bound these activists together. She examines the ways the movement shaped new and youthful ways of looking, seeing, and being-found in archival documents from the 1980s and 1990s; the connections between politics and place; narratives of state violence; activists' experimental lifestyles; and the uneven development of democratic politics on and off the street. Lee illuminates how the interaction between official history, collective memory, and performance came to define youth citizenship and resistance in Indonesia's transition to the post-Suharto present.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780822361718 20160718
Education Library (Cubberley)
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xi, 201 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Introduction. Neglect, Dust and Xerography
  • From Control Revolution to Age of Generative Systems
  • Open Secrets and Imagined Terrorisms
  • Xerography, Publics and Counterpublics
  • Eros, Thanatos, Xerox
  • Requiem at the Copy Machine Museum.
This is the story of how the xerographic copier, or "Xerox machine, " became a creative medium for artists and activists during the last few decades of the twentieth century. Paper jams, mangled pages, and even fires made early versions of this clunky office machine a source of fear, rage, dread, and disappointment. But eventually, xerography democratized print culture by making it convenient and affordable for renegade publishers, zinesters, artists, punks, anarchists, queers, feminists, street activists, and others to publish their work and to get their messages out on the street. The xerographic copier adjusted the lived and imagined margins of society, Eichhorn argues, by supporting artistic and political expression and mobilizing subcultural movements. Eichhorn describes early efforts to use xerography to create art and the occasional scapegoating of urban copy shops and xerographic technologies following political panics, using the post-9/11 raid on a Toronto copy shop as her central example. She examines New York's downtown art and punk scenes of the 1970s to 1990s, arguing that xerography -- including photocopied posters, mail art, and zines -- changed what cities looked like and how we experienced them. And she looks at how a generation of activists and artists deployed the copy machine in AIDS and queer activism while simultaneously introducing the copy machine's gritty, DIY aesthetics into international art markets. Xerographic copy machines are now defunct. Office copiers are digital, and activists rely on social media more than photocopied posters. And yet, Eichhorn argues, even though we now live in a post-xerographic era, the grassroots aesthetics and political legacy of xerography persists.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780262033961 20160619
Green Library
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xii, 255 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Introduction: "We want what people generally refer to as Black power": Black student and youth activism in the era of Black power
  • "The city was on fire": the beginnings of a movement
  • "Damn the army, join the invaders": the Black organizing project and the invaders
  • "Make the scene better": the neighborhood organizing project, the decline of the invaders, and the promise and limits of Black power in Memphis
  • "Why not at Lemoyne-Owen?": student activism and Black power at Lemoyne-Owen College
  • "We can't be isolated any longer": Memphis State University, the Black Student Association, and the politics of racial identity
  • Epilogue: "Black Panther Party not needed": the legacy of youth and student activism and the Black power generation in Memphis.
During the civil rights era, Memphis gained a reputation for having one of the South's strongest NAACP branches. But that organization, led by the city's black elite, was hardly the only driv-ing force in the local struggle against racial injustice. In the late sixties, Black Power proponents advocating economic, political, and cultural self-determination effectively mobilized Memphis's African American youth, using an array of moderate and radical approaches to protest and change conditions on their campuses and in the community. While Black Power activism on the coasts and in the Midwest has attracted considerable scholarly attention, much less has been written about the movement's impact outside these hot-beds. In Black Power in the Bluff City, Shirletta J. Kinchen helps redress that imbalance by ex-amining how young Memphis activists like Coby Smith and Charles Cabbage, dissatisfied by the pace of progress in a city emerging from the Jim Crow era, embraced Black Power ideology to con-front such challenges as gross disparities in housing, education, and employment as well as police brutality and harassment. Two closely related Black Power organizations, the Black Organizing Project and the Invaders, became central to the local black youth movement in the late 1960s. Kinchen traces these groups' participation in the 1968 sanitation workers' strike-including the controversy over whether their activities precipitated events that culminated in Martin Luther King's assassination-and their subsequent involvement in War on Poverty programs. The book also shows how Black Power ideology drove activism at the historically black LeMoyne-Owen Col-lege, scene of a 1968 administration-building takeover, and at the predominately white Memphis State University, where African American students transformed the campus by creating parallel institutions that helped strengthen black student camaraderie and consciousness in the face of marginalization. Drawing on interviews with activists, FBI files, newspaper accounts from the period, and many other sources, the author persuasively shows not only how an emerging generation helped define the black freedom struggle in Memphis but also how they applied the tenets of Black Power to shape the broader community.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781621901877 20160619
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