College presidents and the struggle for Black freedom

College presidents and the struggle for Black freedom

By Eddie R. Cole

We are pleased to introduce the fourth episode of the Princeton University Press Ideas Podcast, an interview with Eddie Cole, the author of The Campus Color Line.

Some of America’s most pressing civil rights issues—desegregation, equal educational and employment opportunities, housing discrimination, and free speech—have been closely intertwined with higher education institutions. Although it is commonly known that college students and other activists, as well as politicians, actively participated in the fight for and against civil rights in the middle decades of the twentieth century, historical accounts have not adequately focused on the roles that the nation’s college presidents played in the debates concerning racism. Based on archival research conducted at a range of colleges and universities across the United States, The Campus Color Line sheds light on the important place of college presidents in the struggle for racial parity.

Read the full transcript.

 

About the Author

Eddie R. Cole is associate professor of higher education and organizational change at the University of California, Los Angeles. Twitter @EddieRCole