Acting Black: College, Identity, and the Performance of Race


reviewed by Richard Verdugo 2004

coverTitle: Acting Black: College, Identity, and the Performance of Race
Author(s): Sarah Susannah Willie
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415944090, Pages: 224, Year: 2003
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What exactly did it mean to be Chicano, black, Native American, or Asian American back in the 1960s, 1970s, or 1980s? Sarah Willie's book, Acting Black: College, Identity, and the Performance of Race, attempts to examine how different college settings affect race identity and how such identity is played out (or performed) in these settings. Two cohorts of black students who attended either Howard University or Northwestern University at some time between 1967 and 1988 are interviewed and their responses analyzed. Acting Black seems to me to comprise three sections. Section one (chapters 1-4) is an introduction to the topic, a brief review of blacks in higher education, a memoir of the author's own college experiences, and brief descriptions of both Howard and Northwestern Universities. Section two (chapters 5-6) is the first analysis section in which Willie compares and contrasts the experiences of two groups of black students: one group that attended Northwestern University, and a second that attended Howard University. Section three (chapter 7-10) examines the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 2, 2004, p. 262-266
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11156, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 6:54:02 AM

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