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From Black Power to Black Studies: How a Radical Social Movement Became an Academic Discipline


reviewed by Scott Gelber — November 14, 2007

coverTitle: From Black Power to Black Studies: How a Radical Social Movement Became an Academic Discipline
Author(s): Fabio Rojas
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore
ISBN: 0801886198, Pages: 279, Year: 2007
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Fabio Rojas’ From Black Power to Black Studies traces the emergence of black studies programs out of the student protest movements of the late 1960s. Beginning with San Francisco State College in 1968, students successfully lobbied for black studies programs at campuses across the nation. Student protestors and civil rights activists envisioned black studies as a means of expanding access to higher education and leveraging university resources for the benefit of poor black communities. Yet instead of dedicating itself to the service of local neighborhoods or challenging the methodologies and hierarchies of higher education, black studies became institutionalized as a fairly conventional academic discipline. While this story has been previously told (Reuben, 1998), Rojas contributes to the scholarship on black studies by following the field’s development for several decades after the heyday of student protests. Focusing on the interaction between protesters’ initial demands and the response of university bureaucracy, From... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 14, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14768, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 1:45:34 PM

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  • Scott Gelber
    Harvard University
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    SCOTT GELBER is a Ph.D. Candidate in History of American Civilization at Harvard University. He is interested in grassroots campaigns for educational equality, the history of college access, and transitions from high school to college. His dissertation in progress is entitled Academic Populism: The Peoples’ Revolt and Public Higher Education, 1880-1905.
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