African American Intellectual-Activists: Legacies in the Struggle

African American Intellectual-Activists: Legacies in the Struggle

by Dia N. Sekayi
     
 

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This study examines the narrated life experiences of 11 African American intellectual-activists. An intellectual-activist is defined as a person whose education has provided him or her with a body of knowledge to which he/she is continually adding (intellectual self) and who works daily for, or has a career dedicated to, the betterment of African American people

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This study examines the narrated life experiences of 11 African American intellectual-activists. An intellectual-activist is defined as a person whose education has provided him or her with a body of knowledge to which he/she is continually adding (intellectual self) and who works daily for, or has a career dedicated to, the betterment of African American people (activist self). The voices of the subjects focus on the events in their lives that contributed to their development as intellectuals and activists.


Discussions of the individuals' backgrounds illuminate the forces that influenced their life experiences and guided their actions toward involvement with the struggle to improve the lives of the African American community. The overarching theme in these life stories is the possession of a positive African American self-concept. The study explores the ways in which the subjects developed this positive self-concept, how this self-concept influenced the goals of their activism, and how they define progress toward these goals. 

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In this expanded doctoral dissertation study, the author distills the life stories of 11 men and women who all "agreed to some extent in the tenants of Black Nationalism." In working for African American betterment, intellectual-activism involves forging a positive self-concept and defining progress toward goals but at a price within the dominant culture. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781136527357
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/01/2013
Series:
Studies in African American History and Culture
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
136
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Dia N.R. Sekayi is Assistant Director for Education in the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning at Georgia Tech.

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