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Title:Building Racial Tolerance Through Education: The Fisk University Race Relations Institute, 1944-1969
Author(s):Sanders, Katrina Marie
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Anderson, James D.
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):History, Black
Abstract:This study concerns Fisk University's efforts to address the racial tensions of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. Inspired by the racial tensions of the 1940s, Fisk sociologist Charles Spurgeon Johnson combined his expertise in race relations with the American Missionary Association and the Julius Rosenwald Fund to form the Fisk University Race Relations Institute. Johnson hoped that the Institute would serve as a vehicle to address racially-based issues and promote civil rights. This study shows that unlike the Southern grass-roots movements which educated and utilized the oppressed themselves to seek social changes, the Institute relied on sociological research, scholars, and educated leaders to stimulate those changes. This study contributes significantly to the current discussion of efforts made for social justice prior to the famed Civil Rights Era.
Issue Date:1997
Description:235 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9737240
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1997

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