Black studies emerged from the tumultuous social and civil rights movements of the 1960s and empowered African Americans to look at themselves in new ways and pass on a dignified version of Black history. However, it also enriched traditional disciplines in profound and significant ways. Proponents of Black and ethnic studies confronted the false notion that scholarly investigations were objective and unbiased explorations of the range of human knowledge, history, creativity, artistry, and scientific discovery. As they protested against hegemonic notions like universal psychology and re-evaluated canonical texts in literature, a new model of academic inquiry evolved: one committed to serving a range of populations, that critiqued traditional politics, culture, and social affairs, and worked with activist energy for the transformation of the existing social order. With an all-star cast of contributors, The Black Studies Reader takes on the history and future of this multi-faceted academic field. Topics include Black feminism, cultural politics, Black activism, lesbian and gay issues, African American literature and film, education, and religion. This authoritative collection takes a critical look at the current state of Black studies and speculates on where it may go from here.

chapter |14 pages


ByJacqueline Bobo, Cynthia Hudley, Claudine Michel

chapter 1|6 pages

the intellectual and institutional development of africana studies

ByRobert L. Harris Jr

chapter 2|14 pages

black studies in liberal arts education

ByJohnnetta B. Cole

chapter 3|6 pages

theorizing black studies

The Continuing Role of Community Service in the Study of Race and Class
ByJames Jennings

chapter 4|6 pages

how the west was one

On the Uses and Limitations of Diaspora
ByRobin D. G. Kelley

chapter 5|18 pages

womanist consciousness Maggie Lena Walker and the Independent Order of Saint Luke

Maggie Lena Walker and the Independent Order
ByElsa Barkley Brown

chapter 6|14 pages

discontented black feminists Prelude and Postscript to the Passage of the Nineteenth Amendment

Prelude and Postscript to the Passage
ByRosalyn Terborg-Penn

chapter 7|12 pages

ella baker and the origins of “participatory democracy”

ByCarol Mueller

chapter 8|10 pages

black women and the academy

ByAngela Y. Davis

chapter 9|12 pages

how deep, how wide? Perspectives on the Making of The Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry

Perspectives on the Making of
ByThe Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry Jacqueline Shearer

chapter 10|26 pages

military rites and wrongs

African Americans in the U.S. Armed Forces
ByPhyllis R. Klotman

chapter 11|14 pages

justifiable homicide, police brutality, or governmental repression?

The 1962 Los Angeles Police Shooting of Seven Members of the Nation of Islam
ByFrederick Knight

chapter 12|24 pages

some glances at the black fag

Race, Same-Sex Desire, and Cultural Belonging
ByMarlon B. Ross

chapter 13|16 pages

the color purple

Black Women as Cultural Readers
ByJacqueline Bobo

chapter 14|18 pages

black talk radio

Defining Community Needs and Identity
ByCatherine R. Squires

chapter 15|14 pages

chasing fae The Watermelon Woman

and Black Lesbian Possibility
ByThe Watermelon Woman Laura L. Sullivan

chapter 16|4 pages


ByAkasha Gloria Hull

chapter 17|26 pages

in the year 1915 D.W. Griffith and the Whitening of America

ByCedric J. Robinson

chapter 18|10 pages

what is this “black” in black popular culture?

ByStuart Hall

chapter 19|16 pages

dyes and dolls Multicultural Barbie and the Merchandising of Difference

Multicultural Barbie and the Merchandising
ByAnn duCille

chapter 20|20 pages

african signs and spirit writing

ByHarryette Mullen

chapter 21|14 pages

black (w)holes and the geometry of black female sexuality

ByEvelynn Hammonds

chapter 22|14 pages

black bodies/gay bodies

The Politics of Race in the Gay/Military Battle
ByAlycee J. Lane

chapter 23|14 pages

hormones and melanin

The Dimensions of “Race,” Sex, and Gender in Africology; Reflexive Journeys
ByPatrick Bellegarde-Smith

chapter 24|16 pages

can the queen speak? Racial Essentialism, Sexuality, and the Problem of Authority

Racial Essentialism, Sexuality, and the Problem
ByDwight A. McBride

chapter 25|8 pages

home-school partnership through the eyes of parents

ByCynthia Hudley, Rhoda Barnes

chapter 26|12 pages

desegregation experiences of minority students

Adolescent Coping Strategies in Five Connecticut High Schools
ByRandi L. Miller

chapter 27|10 pages

racial socialization strategies of parents in three black private schools

ByDeborah J. Johnson

chapter 28|24 pages

talking about race, learning about racism

The Application of Racial Identity Development Theory in the Classroom
ByBeverly Daniel Tatum

chapter 29|8 pages

slave ideology and biblical interpretation

ByKatie Geneva Cannon

chapter 30|14 pages

black theology and the black woman

ByJacquelyn Grant

chapter 31|10 pages

teaching haitian vodou

ByClaudine Michel

chapter 32|44 pages

islam in the african-american experience

ByRichard Brent Turner