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Preface ix Preface ix The idea for this book was the result of a myriad of questions raised by students in American Politics and African American Politics classes. Although the students understood and celebrated the work of African American political organizations during the Civil Rights Movement, they were uncertain about their continued relevance, asking: What is the purpose of these organizations today? Do they really contribute to American society? Is the leadership of African American political organizations out of touch and ineffective? Their questions highlighted the need for serious analysis of African American political organizations in contemporary society. Karin L. Stanford and F. Carl Walton began this project while they were both professors at the University of Georgia. Eventually, F. Carl Walton’s academic and personal commitments required him to turn over coeditorship to Ollie A. Johnson III, who accepted the role enthusiastically. His students at the University of Maryland, College Park, embraced the project and made it their own. Graduate students Todd S. Burroughs, Lynne Gibson, Cedric K. Johnson, Tamelyn Tucker, and Donn C. Worgs provided outstanding research assistance and critical commentary on early versions of all the chapters. We thank the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS) for its central role in the study of African American politics and for providing a supportive environment for the discussion of various chapters. We received important encouragement from senior NCOBPS scholars, especially Joseph McCormick, K. C. Morrison, Dianne M. Pinderhughes, and Linda F. Williams. We also thank the University of Maryland’s African American Leadership Institute and its director, Ronald Walters, for logistical support and intellectual leadership. The institute has sponsored regular workshops, lectures, symposia, x Preface and other fora related to Black political organizations. The summer workshops in Washington, D.C., on the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP [1996]), the National Urban League (NUL [1997]), and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC [1998]) were especially useful in the preparation of this volume. Finally, we would like to thank the contributors to this volume, whose research and writing have made this an educational and inspirational project. We appreciate your patience and diligence. We also thank professor Taylor Dark whose comments helped to improve the introduction. We extend gratitude to Marlie Wasserman, our editor at Rutgers University Press, for her professionalism and encouragement—and for believing in our project. We also express gratitude to our reviewers, who provided invaluable editorial suggestions. ...

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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813547015
Related ISBN
9780813531397
MARC Record
OCLC
54709628
Pages
280
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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