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By August Meier

To academics of African American background, August Meier is easily revered as a first-rank pupil and editor. yet few everyone is conscious of his formative studies within the twenty years following global conflict II, as a white professor instructing at black faculties and as an activist within the civil rights circulation. This quantity brings jointly 16 of his essays written among 1945 and 1965. Meier has extra a considerable advent, reflecting on these years and surroundings the context within which the essays have been written. John H. Bracey Jr. contributes an afterword which speaks to the individuality of Meier's event between historians of African American reports.

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Rather we viewed Page 21 ourselves as young Davids struggling alone against a Goliath represented by reactionaries in control of the SHA. In fact we were quite unaware of divisions of opinion among our elders, and of the existence of people, such as a group at the University of Kentucky, who agreed with our goals. In any event our strategy was different. Instead of proceeding quietly and behind closed council meeting doors, as our more senior predecessors had been in a position to do, our strategy was to make this a public issue, by raising it from the floor at the annual business sessions.

But there were also people like Preston T. King, who is a leading political scientist in the United Kingdom; Richard P. Thornell, professor of law at Howard University; Isaac Hunt, dean of the law school at the University of Akron; and Niara Sudarkasa, president of Lincoln University, Pennsylvania. Teaching at Fisk during the height of the McCarthy Era and the social changes and litigation that culminated in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 and in the Montgomery bus boycott of 195556, was an exhilarating, if sometimes frustrating, experience.

Logan; E. Franklin Frazier; Inabel Burns Lindsay, the head of the school of social work; the anthropologist Mark Hanna Watkins; and Emmett Dorsey, the political scientist who later was the first Howard University faculty member to obtain a microfilm copy and read my dissertation. Not least, there was the ever helpful Dorothy Porter. Howard University at this time was undoubtedly in its heyday, and, even more than Atlanta, it was an intellectually exciting place to be. But what was striking there and everywhere else I went was the ease with which one met these well-informed black intellectuals, their openness and cordiality.

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