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Re/making men and women for the race: coeducation, respectability and black student leadership at Fisk University, 1924-1970

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Title: Re/making men and women for the race: coeducation, respectability and black student leadership at Fisk University, 1924-1970
Author(s): Praylow, Perzavia
Director of Research: Anderson, James D.; Roediger, David R.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Anderson, James D.; Roediger, David R.
Doctoral Committee Member(s): Barnes, Teresa A.; McDuffie, Erik
Department / Program: History
Discipline: History
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: Ph.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): Black higher education Black colleges Coeducation Students Leadership Gender Respectability Activism Protest Fisk University
Abstract: This dissertation analyzes the relationship between student self-determination, the existence of competing ideologies of respectable race leadership and the transformation of coeducation at Fisk University between the 1924 and 1970. Throughout, a major focus of this dissertation is to trace how ideologies of race leadership were transformed by student dissent at Fisk. As a result, this research is concerned with analyzing students’ redefinition and negotiation of race leadership at the college. Throughout, the author asserts that Fisk students used self-determination in order to transform models of race leadership at the college. Specifically, this manuscript provides a critical interrogation of the influence of New Negro, civil rights and Black Power philosophies on the self-determination of students and their notion of what constituted respectable race leadership between 1924 and 1970. This research is more than just a history of student dissent. “Re/Making Men and Women for the Race: Coeducation, Respectability and Black Student Leadership at Fisk University, 1924-1970,” in addition, highlights the complicated and contested meaning given to the historic and contemporary role played by Black colleges in preparing students for race leadership in the African American community. Student dissent at Fisk posed a major challenge to the organization and governance of academic and student affairs at the college. The Fisk student strike of 1924, the Civil Rights and Black Power protests of the 1960’s and other examples of student self-determination created an alternative model of race leadership espoused by Fisk men and women. Throughout the history of the institution, students adopted a model of race leadership that stressed autonomy and a belief in Black people’s ability as professionals and as race leaders to advocate social equality on behalf of their community.
Issue Date: 2012-09-18
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/34584
Rights Information: Copyright 2012 Perzavia Praylow
Date Available in IDEALS: 2012-09-18
Date Deposited: 2012-08
 

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