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Title:Something Better for Our Children: Black Organizing in the Chicago Public Schools, 1963--1971
Author(s):Danns, Dionne A.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Anderson, James D.
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies
Abstract:This study examines the critical role of Black organizing for Chicago school reform in the 1960s, both in the Civil Rights and Black Power eras. During the Civil Rights era, there were organized efforts to push for integration of public schools to insure equality. Because of Mayor Richard J. Daley's control of Chicago and his support of Superintendent Benjamin C. Willis's maintenance of segregation, Civil Rights organizing efforts fell on deaf ears. Few significant changes were made during the Civil Rights era. As Black Power ideology grew throughout the nation, Black students, teachers and community members and organizations utilized that ideology and demanded community control of Black schools. Using the same Civil Rights direct action tactics, such as boycotts, demonstrations, etc., Black organizers demanded Black administrators, Black history, and various school improvements. Their demands created opportunities that were not achieved in the Civil Rights Movement.
Issue Date:2001
Description:200 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3017064
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2001

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