ERIC Number: ED170409
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Myths and Realities Concerning the Black Colleges in Higher Education: A Lodestar for a Historical Analysis.
Willias, C. Clyde
Debate and Understanding: A Journal for the Study of Minority Americans' Economic, Political and Social Development, p221-227 1978
This article examines the present situation of black colleges in light of the history of black education in the United States. Education for blacks emerged from the limitations imposed by the slave experience, and by discrimination resulting from a segregated social system. Black colleges have always taken academically unprepared students and turned out graduates able to compete successfully with graduates from white institutions. However, the advent of the civil rights movement of the 1960s resulted in an examination of the status of higher education in the United States in general and of black colleges in particular. There was the mistaken belief that when white institutions started enrolling black students, black colleges would no longer be needed. Now, many black students and faculty members who had been attracted to white colleges in the 1960s and 1970s have returned to predominantly black campuses. If black colleges are to remain relevant, however, their traditional roles must be reexamined in light of recent social changes. To meet the needs of a variety of clientele, many black colleges are expanding their capabilities and creating programs in a wide range of fields new to these institutions. (Author/MC)
Descriptors: Black Colleges, Black Education, Black History, College Desegregation, College Role, Educational History, Educational Quality, Equal Education, Higher Education, Opinions, Periodicals, Social Change
Not available separately; See UD 019 359
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Boston Univ., MA. Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Academic Services and Minority Affairs.
Note: For related documents, see UD 019 359-362