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Envisioning Black Colleges A History of the United Negro College Fund

ISBN-10: 080188604X
ISBN-13: 9780801886041
Edition: 2007
Authors: Marybeth Gasman
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Description: Etched into America's consciousness is the United Negro College Fund's phrase "A mind is a terrible thing to waste." This book tells the multifaceted story of the organization's efforts on behalf of black colleges against the backdrop of the Cold  More...

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Book details

List price: $51.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 6/7/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Etched into America's consciousness is the United Negro College Fund's phrase "A mind is a terrible thing to waste." This book tells the multifaceted story of the organization's efforts on behalf of black colleges against the backdrop of the Cold War and the civil rights movement. Founded during the post--World War II period as a successor to white philanthropic efforts, the UNCF nevertheless retained vestiges of outside control. In its early years the organization was restrained in its critique of segregation and reluctant to lodge a challenge against institutional and cultural racism. Through written and oral histories, archival documents, and a cogent analysis of the group's outreach and advertising campaigns, historian Marybeth Gasman examines the UNCF's struggle to create an identity apart from white benefactors and evolve into a vehicle for black empowerment. The first history of the UNCF, Envisioning Black Colleges draws attention to the significance of black colleges in higher education and the role they played in America's struggle for equality.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: A Time for Innovation and Change
Black Colleges and the Origins of the United Negro College Fund
Bringing the Millionaires on Board
Flirting with Social Equality: New York's Elite Women Raise Funds
A Stigma of Inferiority: The Effect of Brown v. Board
Responding to the Black Consciousness Movement
Speaking Out on Behalf of Black Colleges
"A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste"
Conclusion: An Organization That No One Could Argue Against
Appendixes
Pittsburgh Courier Letter to Black College Presidents
Member Colleges, 1944 to Present
Executive Directors and Presidents, 1944 to Present
National Campaign Chairmen, 1944 to 1979
Archives and Oral History Collections
Oral History Interviews
Notes
Index

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