The Western Journal of Black Studies

Journal focusing on issues regarding the African American experience in the United States.

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 4, Winter

A Child Shall Lead Them: Martin Luther King Jr. Young People, and the Movement
A Child Shall Lead Them: Martin Luther King Jr. Young People, and the Movement Author: Rufus Burrow Jr Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2014 ISBN 978-1-4514-8454-0 Price: $24.00 The book A Child Shall Lead Them chronicles the prominent...
Crisis Management: An Assessment of College and University Executive Communications Prior to the Darren Wilson Grand Jury Decision
In a recent article, Dr. Fred Pestello, President of Saint Louis University, noted that "... in the urgency and pressures of an active crisis, we sometimes close our eyes ... [and] ... automatically go into response mode, moving swiftly to take authoritative...
Ferguson, USA: A Scholar's Unforeseen Connection and Collision with History
I read an important biography of a civil rights legend some years back. In the epilogue, the esteemed scholar/author mentioned a controversy over whether the scholar's university should create a monument to the civil rights legend. The biographer explained...
For Ferguson and Nation: Justice and Education Via Anti-Bias Reform
Theoretical Frameworks As a tool, theoretical frameworks assist policy makers and analysts in viewing and addressing social challenges in innovative ways. Strained community-police relationships in Ferguson and other Black spaces call for needed...
Institutional Racism: Perspectives on the Department of Justice's Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department
"We have made enormous progress in teaching everyone that racism is bad. Where we seem to have dropped the ball ... is in teaching people what racism actually IS"--Jon Stewart (American political satirist, writer, producer, director, television host,...
Introduction: "No Justice, No Peace": Social Unrest in Ferguson
Ferguson, a city in St. Louis County Missouri, was incorporated in 1894. Its nickname is "Community of Choice" and its motto is "Proud Past. Promising Future!" Sadly, the tragic death of an unarmed Black man and the national attention given to this...
State V Wilson: An Analysis of Legal Processes and Problems
In the months after the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager, by an on-duty police officer of European descent, Darren Wilson, the airways, Internet and print media were jammed with commentators and purported experts dissecting...
Through a Different Lens: Use of Terror Management Theory to Understand Blacks' and Whites' Divergent Interpretations of Race-Related Events
On Saturday, August 9th, 2014, a White police officer shot and killed a Black, unarmed 18-year-old male in broad daylight in the middle of a residential street. While many mourned Michael Brown's death and were incensed by the apparent injustice, others...
When the Devil Knocks: The Congo Tradition in Twentieth-Century Panama
When the Devil Knocks: The Congo Tradition in Twentieth-Century Panama Author: Alexander Craft Publisher: The Ohio State University Press, 2015 ISBN Number: 0814212700 Price: $69.95 There have been numerous protests of antiblack violence...
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