African-American Literature

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The article cites opinions of four scholarly authors in support of contributions that black studies programs in the U.S., colleges, universities, and accomplishments made to better the world of higher education. The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education does not disclose how the four scholarly authors where chosen.
The four scholarly authors are:
• Rhett S. Jones, professor of history and Afro-American studies at Brown University, now directs the university’s Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America. He chaired Brown’s Afro-American studies program from 1972 to 1984.
• Alexander W. Astin, professor and director of the Higher Education Research institute at the University of California, Los Angeles.
• Doris Y Wilkinson, professor
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The opinions of the authors that follow is a summary of their responses to the question.
Professor Jones wrote:
“Black studies’ greatest achievement is the ability to attract the brightest students of all races, men and women who understand that the world, their country, and they benefit when they study the history and culture of persons of African descent, (p 91).” “Black scholars learned that plans drawn up without the participation of the members of the community usually fail. All other Americans of color had, and continue to have an ethnic, as well as a racial experience; only blacks have just a racial experience,” (p 92)
Alexander W. Astin wrote:
“…the continuing existence and development of black studies programs and departments in hundreds of colleges across the country now supply a critical focal point for continuing learning and research in this critical but often neglected area of our cultural and intellectual history and heritage,” (p
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I also learned from the article that it is hard to change systemic racism. However, I found the question interesting; The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education asked the scholars their opinion on “accomplishments of the African-American studies movement,” because to me, it is very difficult for four scholars to understand how African American students think based on their personal experiences at different universities. Yet, the question asked is very relevant to understand African American studies movement, and students moving beyond systemic racism and using the framework that the classes have to provide. “A new generation of black studies professionals is adding significantly to the body of knowledge and theory regarding the African world. Although, they fall far short of the goals envisioned a generation ago,” (p

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