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ERIC Number: ED124666
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Black Student Unions, 1965-1975: A Retrospective Look at the Last Decade.
Exum, William H.
The significance of the black student union in the past decade (1965-1975), both for black students and for the white college, and some reasons for the apparent decline experienced by black student unions in recent years are the concern of this paper. Its focus is on reviewing some of the functions, activities and impacts of the black student union during its most active years, and reviewing some of the internal factors which seem to have played a role in its current decline. Several functions served by the student unions are suggested. Their goals and change oriented activities center on five general areas and their implementation and impact upon white college vary, both in degree and permanence. Two sets of influences seem important in the apparent decline of black student union and the black student population and those internal to them; four such internal factors are emphasized in the discussion. A final cautionary note is sounded, indicating that despite apparent decline and a seemingly apolitical stance in many colleges and universities, black student unions have not disappeared, and retain the capacity for renewed vitality and activism. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society (March 26-28, 1976)