ERIC Number: ED340334
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Guardians of the Flame: Historically Black Colleges Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.
Whiting, Albert N.
This book chronicles African American higher education as viewed by 20 presidents and presidents emeriti from several historically black colleges (HBCs). Interview excerpts are used to illustrate how HBCs outside the established, accepted educational structure have been inadequately financed and staffed, have been without satisfactory resources, but have, nevertheless, been nurtured, sustained, and enlivened by an irrepressible passion for education. The book provides a brief history of HBCs; discusses the characteristics commonly found in HBCs; and examines the mission, spirit, and promise that have been the cornerstone of HBCs' educational efforts, namely, to provide, encourage, and accelerate higher education for African Americans, while incubating and preserving black creativity and scholarship. Additionally examined is the question of the present condition of HBCs and their future in light of the national goal for total integration and the extent to which it has been achieved. Finally, a brief discussion is presented concerning the fact that non-African Americans are now attending the HBCs in increasing numbers and what this says about accommodating diversity in higher education within the United States. (GLR)
Descriptors: Black Colleges, Black Education, College Desegregation, College Segregation, Desegregation Effects, Diversity (Student), Higher Education, History, Institutional Characteristics, Institutional Mission, Interviews, Racial Integration
American Association of State Colleges and Universities, One Dupont Circle, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036-1192 ($18.00 for members, $20.00 for nonmembers).
Publication Type: Books; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.