By Marybeth Gasman
Etched into America's cognizance is the United Negro university Fund's word "A brain is a bad factor to waste." This publication tells the multifaceted tale of the organization's efforts on behalf of black faculties opposed to the backdrop of the chilly warfare and the civil rights movement.Founded through the post–World struggle II interval as a successor to white philanthropic efforts, the UNCF however retained vestiges of out of doors keep an eye on. In its early years, the association was once constrained in its critique of segregation and reluctant to hotel a problem opposed to institutional and cultural racism. via cogent research of written and oral histories, archival records, and the group's outreach and ads campaigns, historian Marybeth Gasman examines the UNCF's fight to create an id except white benefactors and to conform right into a automobile for black empowerment.The first historical past of the UNCF, Envisioning Black faculties attracts recognition to the importance of black schools in better schooling and the function they performed in american citizens' fight for equality. (2008)
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22 He believed that funding black educa16 Black Colleges and the Origins of the United Negro College Fund tion was a method by which blacks could achieve full rights as citizens. According to historian John Egerton, Patterson was the kind of black leader who avoided the “confrontational exposure” sought by organizations like James Farmer’s Congress of Racial Equality or A. 23 However, his actual views were not that different from those of Randolph, W. E. B. Du Bois, or Langston Hughes (all considered radicals during the 1940s).
Secured a job at Livingstone, where he taught economics in 1932. After a few years, he moved to Bennett College in North Carolina where he taught and served as acting dean for one year. In 1939, Trent Jr. started to work with Harold Ickes for the Federal Works Agency, where he was the race relations officer. At this time Patterson approached him about the position at the UNCF. Trent Jr. was interested, but he had one problem; he had just been examined for the draft, and he would probably be called to serve.
This same committee’s work to be dedicated to raising funds among 21 Envisioning Black Colleges Negroes for a general education fund. . ”51 Patterson’s comments in the Pittsburgh Courier provided the guiding words for the establishment of the United Negro College Fund. ”52 Patterson also thought it was important to reach out to those who were interested in educating black youth but who did not know about black colleges. 53 With the UNCF, the presidents had an opportunity to educate the public about black colleges—a task that became central to the organization’s success.