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The Resource When ivory towers were black : a story about race in America's cities and universities, Sharon Egretta Sutton

When ivory towers were black : a story about race in America's cities and universities, Sharon Egretta Sutton

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When ivory towers were black : a story about race in America's cities and universities
Title
When ivory towers were black
Title remainder
a story about race in America's cities and universities
Statement of responsibility
Sharon Egretta Sutton
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"When Ivory Towers Were Black lies at the potent intersection of race, urban development, and higher education. It tells the story of how an unparalleled cohort of ethnic minority students earned degrees from a world-class university. The story takes place in New York City at Columbia University's School of Architecture and spans a decade of institutional evolution that mirrored the emergence and denouement of the Black Power Movement. Chronicling a surprisingly little-known era in U.S. educational, architectural, and urban history, the book traces an evolutionary arc that begins with an unsettling effort to end Columbia's exercise of authoritarian power on campus and in the community, and ends with an equally unsettling return to the status quo. When Ivory Towers Were Black follows two university units that steered the School of Architecture toward an emancipatory approach to education early along its evolutionary arc: the school's Division of Planning and the university-wide Ford Foundation-funded Urban Center. Illustrates both units' struggle to open the ivory tower to ethnic minority students and to involve them, and their revolutionary white peers, in improving Harlem's slum conditions. The evolutionary arc ends as backlash against reforms wrought by civil rights legislation grew and whites bought into President Richard M. Nixon's law-and-order agenda. The story is narrated through the oral histories of twenty-four Columbia alumni who received the gift of an Ivy League education during this era of transformation but who exited the School of Architecture to find the doors of their careers all but closed due to Nixon-era urban disinvestment policies. When Ivory Towers Were Black assesses the triumphs and subsequent unraveling of this bold experiment to achieve racial justice in the school and in the nearby Harlem/East Harlem community. It demonstrates how the experiment's triumphs lived on not only in the lives of the ethnic minority graduates but also as best practices in university/community relationships and in the fields of architecture and urban planning. The book can inform contemporary struggles for racial and economic equality as an array of crushing injustices generate movements similar to those of the sixties and seventies. Its first-person portrayal of how a transformative process got reversed can help extend the period of experimentation, and it can also help reopen the door of opportunity to ethnic minority students, who are still in strikingly short supply in elite professions like architecture and planning."--
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contains biographical information
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DLC
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1941-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sutton, Sharon E.
Dewey number
720.71/17471
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
NA2300.C635
LC item number
S87 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Columbia University
  • African American college students
  • African American college students
  • Architecture
  • City planning
  • African Americans
  • Civil rights movements
  • Urban policy
Label
When ivory towers were black : a story about race in America's cities and universities, Sharon Egretta Sutton
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-274) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Pre-1965 Context -- 1965-1967 Context -- 1968 Insurgency -- 1968-1971 Experimentation -- 1969-1971 Transgression -- 1969-1971 Unraveling -- 1972-1976 Extinction -- Alumni Years
Control code
ocn959033673
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xix, 288 pages
Isbn
9780823276127
Lccn
2016051376
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40026921567
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)959033673
Label
When ivory towers were black : a story about race in America's cities and universities, Sharon Egretta Sutton
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-274) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Pre-1965 Context -- 1965-1967 Context -- 1968 Insurgency -- 1968-1971 Experimentation -- 1969-1971 Transgression -- 1969-1971 Unraveling -- 1972-1976 Extinction -- Alumni Years
Control code
ocn959033673
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xix, 288 pages
Isbn
9780823276127
Lccn
2016051376
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40026921567
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)959033673

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