Black Studies and the Democratization of American Higher Education.

AuthorJackson, Eric R.
PositionBook review

A review of Black Studies and the Democratization of American Higher Education by Charles P. Henry (New York: Palgrave/MacMillan, 2017. 249 pp., bibliography and index; ISBN: 978-3-319-35088-2) reviewed by Eric R. Jackson (Book Review Editor, Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies; jacksoner@nku.edu) Professor of History Department of History and Geography; Director--Black Studies Program; Northern Kentucky University and Heather Crabbe (crabbeh1@nku.edu) Assistant Dean Chase College of Law Northern Kentucky University.

Africana Studies, African American Studies, Africology, Afro-American Studies, Black Studies, Afro-Caribbean Studies, and Pan African Studies are different names of academic units, departments, and programs that focus on the systemic analysis and investigation of people of African descent and their interaction with themselves, Europeans, their dispersal and experiences throughout the Diaspora, and the institutionalization of racism and oppression as a means of control as well as the creation of various means of economic, political, and social subjugation. These academic units, departments, and programs are varied in size, structure, focus, and resources. However, they all have a common mission of uncovering the humanity and destiny of thousands of persons of African descent wherever they reside.

Over fifty plus years have passed since the Black Studies movement forced our nation's thousands of colleges and universities, as well as the non-academic world, to become aware that people of African descent were no longer willing to accept their subordinate or second-class status without challenging the system as well as the dominate culture that oppressed and violated them. More importantly, there have been numerous volumes on the origins and development of this powerful and community-based discipline, known as Africana Studies, African American Studies, Africology, Afro-American Studies, Black Studies, Afro-Caribbean Studies, or Pan African Studies since the mid-1980s, such as Abdul Alkalimat's Introduction to Afro-American Studies (1986), Robert Harris, Jr, Darlene Clark Hine, Nellie McKay's Three Essays: Black Studies in the United States (1990), Maulana Keranga's Introduction to Black Studies (1993), Perry Hall's In the Vineyard: Working in African American Studies (1999), Delores P. Aldridge and Carlene Young's Out of the Revolution: The Development of Africana Studies (2000), Noliwe M. Rooks' White Money/Black Power...

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