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White Money/Black Power: The Surprising History of African American Studies and the Crisis of Race in Higher Educationby Noliwe M. Rooks
Synopses & Reviews
The history of African American studies is often told as a heroic tale, with compelling images of black power and passionate African American students who refused to take no for an answer. Noliwe M. Rooks argues for the recognition of another story, which proves that many of the programs that survived actually began as a result of white philanthropy. With unflinching honesty, Rooks shows that the only way to create a stable future for African American studies is by confronting its complex past.
“Rooks is a serious scholar and insider of African American studies, and this book is full of deep insight and sharp analysis.”—Cornel West
“A provocative and original history of the relationship between philanthropy, politics and the emergence of Black Studies. White Money/Black Power will become central to discussions and debates about the origins and future of this dynamic and transformative intellectual project.”—Farah Jasmine Griffin, author of If You Can’t Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday
“For those concerned with the future direction of Black / African American / African Diaspora Studies as an academic discipline, White Money / Black Power is a must read.
—Jonathan L. Walton, Pop Matters
Noliwe M. Rooks is associate director of African American Studies at Princeton University. The author of Hair Raising: Beauty, Culture, and African American Women and Ladies’ Pages: African American Women’s Magazines and the Culture That Made Them, she lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
About the Author
Noliwe M. Rooks is associate director of African American studies at Princeton University. The author of Hair Raising: Beauty, Culture, and African American Women and Ladies' Pages: African American Women's Magazines and the Culture That Made Them, she lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
Table of Contents
White money/Black power: the Ford Foundation and Black studies — A story to pass on — Remembering freedom — Race, higher education, and the American university — Rise of the Black student movement — McGeorge Bundy, the Ford Foundation, and Black studies — By any means necessary: student protest and the birth of Black studies — Prelude to strike — San Francisco State: an unlikely place for a revolution — The White student protest movement: Port Huron statement — The strike in black and white — Cornell University — Nation building in the belly of the beast — Race, rebellion, and Black studies — Structured equality: methodologies of blackness in the early years — The Ford Foundation and Black studies: the Yale Conference — McGeorge Bundy and Black power — Cleveland: background of an election — Ocean Hill-Brownsville — Black studies in white and black: the Ford Foundation funds Black studies — Black studies grant making and the Ford Foundation — White philanthropy and Black education: an overview — The first round of grants in Black studies — Looking back and wondering: surveying the field five years later — Maybe wrong, but never in doubt — The legacy in the present — Travels in time: Black studies, African Americans, and affirmative action — Ford, Black students, and the post-civil rights era — Stories from the front lines: African American studies in contemporary America — Bakke, affirmative action, and higher education, 1970-2003 — From Black studies to African diaspora studies: a shift in perspective — Everything and nothing at all: race, Black studies, and higher education today — Diversity in Black — Getting there from here: the future of African American studies — Profiles in diversity in higher education, or, What's race got to do with it?
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