Black Leaders on Leadership: Conversations with Julian Bond by Phyllis Leffler (auth.)

By Phyllis Leffler (auth.)

Drawing on a wealth of oral interviews, Conversations on Black management makes use of the lives of well-liked African american citizens to track the contours of Black management in the United States. incorporated listed here are attention-grabbing bills from a wide selection of figures resembling John Lewis, Clarence Thomas, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Angela Davis, Amiri Baraka, and lots of more.

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When I tried out for the cheering squad, I didn’t make it. The first time, I didn’t make it. But you know what I did? I stayed every day and when they practiced, I practiced. And finally throughout the year I had observed that kids would drop off. 22 Defining Self / 23 Mary Futrell was a poor black child in an all-black school and she learned to negotiate insidious class-based distinctions. 23 She shares her self-understanding about personal striving. But she also offers a vignette into the history of southern black education and how that formed her sense of possibility.

What school do you go to? ” And one of the things that struck me as we were doing this, these guys had never had that opportunity to even for just sort of five-minute platforms to say, “This is who I am, this is where I’m from,” etc. And so later in life I discover the importance of narrative and storytelling 18 / Black Leaders on Leadership for people to feel part of an organization. So we continued and then we expanded that, because each week we’d come back and, you know, we’d read the Biblical passage that the rest of the Sunday School were discussing, and I’d say a few words about it.

Some lived with segregation; others were born after the de jure end to such racist policies. The breadth of this work extends beyond political ideologies, studies of particular types of leaders, analyses of gender, region, and an historical reconstruction of the civil rights movement. We17 are interested in the larger question of how the experiences of individuals help shape leaders across the leadership spectrum. While we don’t pretend to offer a scientifically based sample, we do claim that we have found a diverse group of people who speak powerfully about broader issues of black leadership in America.

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