50 Years Later: What Would Dr. King Say?
The year 1967 was an important one. It was the year Ronald Reagan was elected governor of California, ushering in a philosophy of education as a private good rather than a public one, which he was to amplify as president in the 1980s. It was the year the social scientists Christopher Jencks and David Riesman published their controversial study "The American Negro College" in the Harvard Educational Review. Under the guise of scholarship, they assaulted historically black colleges and universities as "ill-financed, ill-staffed caricature[s] of white higher education" that were "academic disaster areas."
Originally published: March 30, 2018
Author: Walter M. Kimbrough
Institution: Dillard University
Published by: The Chronicle of Higher Ed