African American Leadership

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1999 - Social Science - 315 pages
Written by two preeminent scholars of the subject, this book provides a panoramic view of the theory, research, and praxis of African American leadership. Walters and Smith offer a great deal to students of black leadership, as well as important strategy and policy recommendations for black leaders. The book first presents a comprehensive assessment of the social science research literature on black leadership. It finds that older studies (1930s to 1960s) dealt with the nascent formation of leadership theory, where blacks were located predominantly in the context of southern politics and had to adopt a conservative to moderate leadership style. The authors also review and evaluate research on black leadership from the 1970s to the present and suggest attention be given to studies of leadership that involve community level leadership, female leaders, black mayors, and black conservatives. African American Leadership also focuses on the practice of black leadership.
 

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Contents

The Negro Leadership Literature
7
Factors Affecting the Transformation from Negro
27
Problems in Theory
59
Appendix A
87
Introduction
95
Black Leadership and the Problem of Strategy Shift
123
The National Black Leadership Roundtable
151
Mass Mobilization
173
Unity and Accountability
197
Leadership Toward What Ends
223
Toward a TwentyFirst
249
Bibliography
277
Index
303
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Ronald W. Walters is Professor of Afro-American Studies and Government and Politics, and Senior Fellow at the Academy of Leadership, University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of South Africa and the Bomb, Pan Africanism in the African Diaspora, and also published by SUNY Press, Black Presidential Politics in America: A Strategic Approach. He is coeditor of Reflections on Black Leadership and Jesse Jackson's 1984 Presidential Campaign: Challenge and Change in American Politics. Robert C. Smith is Professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University. He is the author of Racism in the Post-Civil Rights Era: Now You See it, Now You Don't, and We Have No Leaders: African Americans in the Post-Civil Rights Era, and coauthor (with Richard Seltzer) of Race, Class, and Culture: A Study in Afro-American Mass Opinion , all published by SUNY Press.

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