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White Money/Black Power: The Surprising History of African American Studies and the Crisis of Race in Higher Education


reviewed by Michael Steven Williams January 02, 2008

coverTitle: White Money/Black Power: The Surprising History of African American Studies and the Crisis of Race in Higher Education
Author(s): Noliwe M. Rooks
Publisher: Beacon Press, Boston
ISBN: 0807032719, Pages: 213, Year: 2007
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Sankofa is an Akan Adinkra symbol that literally translates to “go back and fetch.” In more contemporary terms, the principle of Sankofa is used in the African American community to suggest that people should use an attention to and awareness of the past to guide them in the future (Grills, 2004). The tenets of this principle resonate through the critical discourse pertaining to the past and future of African American studies in American colleges and universities found in White Money / Black Power: The Surprising History of African American Studies and the Crisis of Race in Higher Education. In this work, Dr. Noliwe Rooks, associate director of African American Studies at Princeton University, unravels the complex history of the institutionalization and proliferation of African American Studies on college and university campuses in the United States. While other works address the origin of black studies programs from the black student protest... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 02, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14866, Date Accessed: 12/15/2017 6:44:58 PM

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  • Michael Williams
    University of Pennsylvania
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    MICHAEL STEVEN WILLIAMS is a Masters Student in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include race and equity issues in higher education, leadership in educational institutions, and college access and choice for low-income students and students of color.
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