Black Power on Campus
The University of Illinois, 1965-75
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Illinois Press
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...leagues and friends contributed to it and sustained me through the writ-ing process. James Anderson, Anthony Antonio, Ronald Butchart, LarryCuban, and David Tyack read various chapters at different stages. Theywere very generous with their time, and their expertise greatly improvedthe manuscript. James Anderson, in particular, has always made room...
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...and universities is a complicated one of discrimination, racism, protest,and resilience. Their experience, mode of resistance, and focal point forprotest shifted over time and closely mirrored the ebb and flow of theBlack freedom struggle in the United States. An unwavering belief in theimportance of education made schools, including postsecondary institu-...
1. Black Youth Forcing Change
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African Americans at white universities in the first half of thetwentieth century, though few in number, protested the treatment theyreceived on their campuses. Their grievances often were individual andarose in response to particular acts, but various African American stu-dents did not idly accept the abuse they received. As the Black freedom...
2. From Negro to Black: The Black Students Association
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...students at the University of Illinois in terms of numerical isolation andalienation from campus social activities. By 1967, only 223 AfricanAmerican undergraduates attended Illinois, a modest increase from themiddle of the century and still only 1 percent of the student population.1However, the civil rights movement’s successes and ever-increasing Af-...
3. The Special Educational Opportunities Program
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...growing urgency of racial reconciliation in the 1960s. The 1964 CivilRights Act and the 1965 Higher Education Act were enacted against thebackdrop of the Black liberation struggle. Higher education institutionswere affected by these federal policies, and many, including the Univer-sity of Illinois, genuinely believed that universities had an important role...
4. The Launching of a Movement
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...gerly anticipated the start of the academic year. The continuing studentswere excited to see their new recruits and ready to get them acclimatedto campus. SEOP students and BSA volunteers lived together in IllinoisStreet Residence Hall (ISR), a highly coveted residence hall, during SEOPorientation week. Though placement tests occupied much of their time,...
5. “We Hope for Nothing; We Demand Everything”
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...leges and universities responded to the rise in youth activism on cam-puses with various forms of legislation in the late 1960s and early 1970s.The new bills, laws, and amendments differed from state to state and fromuniversity to university, but all were created to deter and punish certainkinds of activism. Black and white students were the targets of the leg-...
6. A Lasting Influence
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...er ideology and principles to reform the University of Illinois bore fruitand changed the campus permanently. Their efforts had increased Blackstudent enrollment and led to the creation of the Afro-American Stud-ies and Research Program and the Afro-American Cultural Program.Moreover, Black students were able to force the university administra-...
Appendix a: list of interviewees
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Appendix b: bsa demands
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Page Count: 216
Publication Year: 2013