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Title:A contemporary civil rights issue: the thoughts of African American Christian religious leaders and university professors on seeking public office (a life history method)
Author(s):Young, Charles Tony
Director of Research:Span, Christopher M.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Span, Christopher M.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Anderson, James D.; Pak, Yoon K.; Dunbar, Christopher
Department / Program:Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Discipline:Educational Policy Studies
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):African American Leaders (Clergies & Scholars)
Advance Knowledge (aware vs. unaware, access vs. inaccessible)
Trust vs. Distrust
Elected & Decision-Making Positions
School Board Positions (& others)
1960s Civil Rights Movement Era (model) vs. Today’s 21st Century Society (model)
Historical to Contemporary History “practices”
Abstract:This research examines the historical evidence abounds with examples of how African Americans sought control and agency in the struggle for freedom throughout American history. More specifically, it is a study of their fight for economic, political, and educational rights from the 1960s to the present day. It critiques how ideas and terms such as "leadership" and "activism" have evolved in the African American experience, and how African Americans themselves have sought to participate in these forms of engagement. It argues that the people who brought attention to political, economic, and educational inequalities of African Americans during the 1960s, have been displaced or reduced because this ideal for leadership or activism has been lost on those serving African American communities. This dissertation is accordingly, a community research study on political (in)-activism in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. It seeks to answer the following question: How, and in what ways, do levels of political activism on the part of African American community members (particularly Christian religious leaders and university professors) works to promote the academic success of African American students in local schools?
Issue Date:2016-04-21
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 Charles Young
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-07-07
Date Deposited:2016-05

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