Black Leadership for Social Change

Black Leadership for Social Change

Black Leadership for Social Change

Black Leadership for Social Change

Synopsis

This book presents a comprehensive overview of Black leadership in every aspect of American life, including movements for social justice, education, business, and politics. In the quest for human rights and social advancement, African-American leaders have emerged to lead the fight to overcome racial and economic barriers. This struggle has influenced the exercise of Black leadership in many other areas and the author uses an interdisciplinary approach to reveal the changes, continuities, and variety of African-American approaches to effective leadership. The book also suggests a theoretical framework for future research on the impact of Black leadership in America.

Excerpt

To talk about the need and the importance of Black leadership is something that affects not only African-Americans but the entire country. And the civil rights movement in the past, and I suspect in the future as well, has provided a lot of moral support and a lot of energy to the Women's Movement, to the Gay Rights Movement, to the Labor Movement, and to other important movements for equality and advancement. So the issue of Black leadership is really important to everybody in this country.

William M. Tuttle, Jr. Professor of History The University of Kansas

For the past ten years I have been teaching courses in black leadership in America to American and international students. This decade saw growing scholarship and public interest in the role of black leadership in American history. No student of American studies can any longer be unaware of the development of black history in the historical profession and the broad outlines of this scholarship, or of the significance of the unresolved issues of race and class in America, and the world at large.

This book reflects my belief that any serious and meaningful consideration of American history requires an understanding and appreciation of African-American leadership. It reveals some of the continuities, changes, and contrasts in AfricanAmerican reactions to unremitting white racism, bigotry, and sexism. The work draws from a large body of African-American historiography and my experiences as a student of Africa and the African Diaspora. It is also drawn from the suggestions of my students and colleagues in the Department of African and AfricanAmerican Studies at the University of Kansas.

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