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Advancing Democracy: African Americans and the Struggle for Access and Equity in Higher Education in Texas / Edition 1
     

Advancing Democracy: African Americans and the Struggle for Access and Equity in Higher Education in Texas / Edition 1

by Amilcar Shabazz
 

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ISBN-10: 0807855057

ISBN-13: 2900807855057

Pub. Date: 01/30/2004

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

As we approach the fiftieth anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education (1954), it is important to consider the historical struggles that led to this groundbreaking decision. Four years earlier in Texas, the Sweatt v. Painter decision allowed blacks access to the University of Texas's law school for the first time. Amilcar Shabazz shows that the development of black

Overview

As we approach the fiftieth anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education (1954), it is important to consider the historical struggles that led to this groundbreaking decision. Four years earlier in Texas, the Sweatt v. Painter decision allowed blacks access to the University of Texas's law school for the first time. Amilcar Shabazz shows that the development of black higher education in Texas -- which has historically had one of the largest state college and university systems in the South -- played a pivotal role in the challenge to Jim Crow education. Shabazz begins with the creation of the Texas University Movement in the 1880s to lobby for equal access to the full range of graduate and professional education through a first-class university for African Americans. He traces the philosophical, legal, and grassroots components of the later campaign to open all Texas colleges and universities to black students, showing the complex range of strategies and the diversity of ideology and methodology on the part of black activists and intellectuals working to promote educational equality. Shabazz credits the efforts of blacks who fought for change by demanding better resources for segregated black colleges in the years before Brown, showing how crucial groundwork for nationwide desegregation was laid in the state of Texas.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900807855057
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
01/30/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
376

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction1
1As Separate as the Fingers: Higher Education in Texas from Promise to Problem, 1865-19409
2The All-Out War for Democracy in Education: Ideological Struggle and the Texas University Movement34
3Lift the Seventy-Five-Year-Old Color Ban and Raise UT's Standards: University Students for Democracy before Sweatt66
4This Is White Civilization's Last Stand: University Desegregation before Brown95
5Democracy Is on the March in Texas: Black Equality versus White Power, 1955-1957138
6Plowing around Africans on Aryan Plantations: Access without Equity at Texas Universities, 1958-1965196
Coda218
Notes223
Bibliography281
Index295

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