Black Studies: Challenges and Critical Debates (Part II: Graduate Student Perspectives) (Report) - The Western Journal of Black Studies

Black Studies: Challenges and Critical Debates (Part II: Graduate Student Perspectives) (Report)

By The Western Journal of Black Studies

  • Release Date - Published: 2010-06-22
  • Book Genre: Social Science
  • Author: The Western Journal of Black Studies
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This paper addresses the major problems and debates in Black Studies that could possibly harm the growth of the discipline. This essay will highlight three major concerns in Black Studies including: a.) administrative set-backs in the discipline and loyalty to the discipline, b.) interdisciplinary debates in the discipline, and c). Black Women's Studies. These problems are normal given the fact that Black Studies is one of the youngest disciplines in the academy. Although the forerunners of Black Studies include Carter G. Woodson, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Arthur Schomburg, E. Franklin Frazier, Anna Julia Cooper, and John Hope Franklin to name a few, the field was not officially institutionalized into the university system until the socio-political awareness period of the Black Power Movement. With the first Black Studies department established in 1968 at San Francisco State headed by Nathan Hare, the development of the main Black Studies professional organization, National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) (1975), and the creation of the first PhD Black Studies Department at Temple University in 1988 Black Studies was truly moving in the direction of being recognized as a legitimate area of study in the academy. As we embark on the fortieth anniversary of Black Studies in the academy we are still receiving heavy critiques from opponents of the discipline and grappling with major issues regarding definition, theoretical ideas, and structure. In looking at the future of Black Studies I seek to propose solutions to the topics outlined above in an effort to promote growth in the discipline. Administrative Set-Backs

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