Carol Anderson, Associate Professor of African-American Studies at Emory University, will analyze the African-American leaders’ roles in the decolonization and nation-building in African and Asia in the 1960s as part of the weekly history seminar jointly co-sponsored by the National History Center and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
The seminar, entitled “African Americans and Independence Struggles in Asia and Africa,” took place on Monday, March 1, 2010.
Professor Anderson asks how effective were African-American leaders during this time of decolonization and nation-building. To the radical left in the 1960s, those in the black political center were sell outs, not radical enough, not fighting hard enough for global justice. In fact the black political leadership was engaged in a high-wire act. To fight for global freedom the way the left wanted to was to risk annihilation, but not using the methods of power leveraging and influence would alienate the radical black constituency, which demanded immediate and visible action. The difficult decisions taken by the NAACP redounded for decades.
Carol Anderson’s research and teaching has focused on the intersections of domestic and international policies on issues of race, justice, and equality. She recently has completed a fellowship at Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center and is the author of Eyes off the Prize: The United Nations and the African-American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955, which was awarded both the Gustavus Myers and Myrna Bernath Book Awards.
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