Black Campus Movement in Higher Education, 1965-72

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Hundreds of thousands of black students, aided on some campuses by white and Latino students, demanded and protested for a relevant learning experience. At upwards of 1,000 traditionally white and historically black colleges and universities in the United States, black campus activists initiated a range of campus reforms, including the addition of more black students, faculty, administrators, and coaches, and the establishment of black cultural centers and Black Studies courses and programs. Their ultimate aim was to diversify and thus transform higher education. This Black Campus Movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s is the subject of this presentation.

Speaker Biography: Dr. Ibram H. Rogers is a postdoctoral fellow in the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis in New Brunswick, N.J. His writings have been published in several academic journals, magazines, and newspapers. He earned his doctorate in African American Studies from Temple University. His dissertation is the first full length study on what he calls the Black Campus Movement, the struggle of newly arrived Black students in the late 1960s and early 1970s, who demanded the diversification of higher education. They organized BSUs and successfully fought for Black Studies departments and courses, Black Cultural Centers, and the increase of Black students, faculty, administrators, and coaches.

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