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ERIC Number: EJ1000228
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1047-8248
A Place Called Homecoming: Memories of Celebration and Tradition by Successful African-American Graduates of Lincoln University in Missouri from 1935 to 1945
McCarther, Shirley Marie; Davis, Donna M.; Caruthers, Loyce
Educational Foundations, v26 n3-4 p7-32 Sum-Fall 2012
It was the second week in October, 2010. This year was like many in the past, where for decades, everyone convenes to continue traditions and preparations that have centered on a single, special event. This special event or celebration contextualizes the academic and social experiences of successful graduates of one HBCU located in Jefferson City, Missouri. In this paper, the authors utilize the literary devices of "prologue" and "flashback" to contextualize the rich history behind the Lincoln University Homecoming tradition. Their work investigated the origins of the institution to discover why it is that so many individuals continue to converge on the Hill at Lincoln every year. To address this fundamental question, the authors conducted oral histories of African-American women graduates in the late 1930s and 1940s primarily to learn why Lincoln was so special and why its graduates were so successful. The authors found that the colored soldiers' initial plans and dreams for African Americans were being realized. In addition, the authors suggest that through their listening to the voices of some longtime alumnae who also dreamed for a better future, they can identify the characteristics of one historically Black university where individuals engaged in solid and supportive educational experiences as a result of a deep belief that every student should be valued.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Missouri