Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Book of Note

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Book of Note

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Book of note

The book: Segregated Soldiers: Military Training at Historically Black Colleges in the Jim Crow South

The author: Dr. Marcus S. Cox, a professor of history at The Citadel Military College of South Carolina.

What's it about: Cox explores military programs at HBCUs, particularly at Southern University, and argues that African-Americans used their military service as a tool to push for their civil rights. He notes how educators promoted the military, seeing it as a way for African-Americans to improve their status in society, by emphasizing how many civil rights activists were military veterans who returned to their communities to fight for equality.

Why read it: Little has changed in how minorities see the military, Cox told the radio station WRKF (89.3) in Baton Rouge, La.: "Even though you still hear of stories of sexual assault, racism [and] discrimination, the military still has a lot of value and there's still a lot of benefit to joining the military."

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