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ERIC Number: ED029599
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Apr-8
Pages: 10
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Black Studies Programs and Civil Rights Violations.
Furniss, W. Todd
In March 1969, the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare warned colleges and universities participating in federal aid programs against violating the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when creating black studies programs. Separate housing for students, social activities space, and colleges, schools or institutes were specifically mentioned. While describing some curricular responses that have been made to the problems of US Negroes, the paper discusses priority issues raised by black studies other than those covered by the warning. The standard curriculum at most US colleges and universities is reviewed in the context of its design, orientation and failure to provide adequate preparation for students who plan to work with or in black communities. Outlines of 3 proposed black studies curricula are presented, all of which are modifications of the standard curriculum. One ranges from a course in Afro American history to a bachelor's degree program comprised of related courses in several fields. Another, for black students only, is designed to "adopt the viewpoint of black culture ... the learning needs of black students and the leadership needs of the black community." The third program would train students to effectively help black people of the world to overcome local health, economic, or educational problems. A summary of 10 issues on black studies and related programs is also included in this special report of the American Council on Education. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.