Saturday, February 2, 2013

NPR: More College Students Choose to Major in Black Studies

This post will focus on Black History Month. Below, I include links that I found across the Internet that may interest students and practitioners. This list will be continuously updated throughout the month of February:
  • Although this NPR interview was conducted in 2010, the topic demonstrates that African American Studies has come a long way. Its recognition as a legitimate academic field of study is well-deserved.
  • In 2012, the Chronicle of Higher Education also wrote about the current trajectory of African American Studies doctoral programs in the United States.
  • contributed an article about the trouble with black studies as a discipline in higher education. 
  • This e-book introduces students to African American Studies.
  • Since February is Black History Month, I also recommend this blog that focuses exclusively on African American history and culture. It includes references, links, and other information about the African American experience.
  • Martha St. Jean interviewed Patricia Reid-Merritt, professor of social work and African studies,  whose book, Righteous Self-Determination: The Black Social Work Movement in America (2010), chronicles the history of Black social workers who organized a national movement to confront racism at the height of the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements in the United States.
  • U.S. Post Service celebrates Rosa Parks' 100th birthday with Forever stamp. 
  • I also highly recommend people visit the Smithsonian exhibit, Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963 (December 14, 2012 - September 15, 2013) at the National Museum of American History. 
  • University of Michigan's LSA Today revisits the Black Student Union protest in 1968.
  • A statue of civil rights icon, Rosa Parks, was unveiled at the U.S. Capitol—the first full-size statue of an African-American woman in the halls of Congress. Stay tuned for updates. 
  • Diverse Issues in Higher Education found that Black History Month is not universally supported.

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