Higher Education for African Americans before the Civil Rights Era, 1900-1964
This volume examines the evolution of higher education opportunities for African Americans in the early and mid-twentieth century. It contributes to understanding how African Americans overcame great odds to obtain advanced education in their own institutions, how they asserted themselves to gain control over those institutions, and how they persisted despite discrimination and intimidation in both northern and southern universities.
Following an introduction by the editors are contributions by Richard M. Breaux, Louis Ray, Lauren Kientz Anderson, Timothy Reese Cain, Linda M. Perkins, and Michael Fultz.
Contributors consider the expansion and elevation of African American higher education. Such progress was made against heavy odds—the "separate but equal" policies of the segregated South, less overt but pervasive racist attitudes in the North, and legal obstacles to obtaining equal rights.
“Both the histories of higher education and of African American education have flourished in recent years, producing rich bodies of scholarship; this volume of essays nicely melds them together. . . . A fascinating collection that ponders higher education dynamics through the lens of race. . . . The broad range of topics tickles the palate and promises an exciting research agenda.”
—Richard J. Altenbaugh, The Historian