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ERIC Number: ED442449
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Passport to the Front of the Bus: The Impact of Fisk University's International Program on Segregation in Nashville, Tennessee.
Gasman, Marybeth
In the 1950's, Charles S. Johnson, the first black president of Fisk University (Tennessee), greatly expanded the institution's international program, attracting many foreign students to the school and creating a milieu that gave American blacks the benefits of integration. This paper examines how the presence of outsiders and outside influences made the segregationist status quo arrangements of the South impractical, absurd, and essentially unenforceable. The international center drew upon cultural, political, and artistic resources from around the world, and programs were open to all Fisk students and the local citizens of Nashville. By encouraging students to think in a global manner, the program attempted to end students' isolation from world ideas; exposure to outside influences fed the changing mindset of Fisk students and accustomed them to an integrated life style and encouraged them to challenge the norms of the local community. The boundary-pushing international program helped introduce a different way of thinking about race to American blacks at Fisk--one in which integration was possible and desirable. (Contains 26 endnotes.) (CH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee (Nashville)