Williams, Zachery. in Search of the Talented Tenth: Howard University Public Intellectuals and the Dilemmas of Race, 1926-1970

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Williams, Zachery. In Search of the Talented Tenth: Howard University Public Intellectuals and the Dilemmas of Race, 1926-1970. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2009, pp.264. ISBN 978-0-8262-1862-9.

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From the 1920s through the 1970s, Howard University was home to America's most renowned assemblage of Black scholars. This book traces some of the personal and professional activities of this community of public intellectuals, demonstrating their scholar-activist nature and the myriad ways they influenced modern African American, African, and Africana policy studies. Thus, it marks the first in-depth study of the intellectual activity of this community of scholars and further attests to the historic role of women faculty in shaping the university. It testifies to the impact of this group as a model against which the twenty-first century's Black public intellectuals can be measured.

Specifically, In Search ofthe Talented Tenth tells how individuals like Rayford Logan, E. Franklin Frazier, John Hope Franklin, Merze Tate, Charles Wesley, and Dorothy Porter left an indelible imprint on academia and Black communities alike through their impact on civil rights, anticolonialism, and women's rights. …

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