Type of Document Dissertation Author Berry, Keith W. URN etd-11152005-225020 Title Charles S. Johnson, Fisk University, and the Struggle for Civil Rights, 1945-1970 Degree Doctor of Philosophy Department History, Department of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Joe M. Richardson Committee Chair James P. Jones Committee Member Maxine D. Jones Committee Member Maxine Montgomery Committee Member Keywords
- Black University
- Race Relations Institute
- Black Colleges
- Interracial Faculty
- Race Relations
Date of Defense 2005-11-04 Availability unrestricted AbstractABSTRACT
This dissertation attempts to examine the role of Charles S. Johnson in his capacity as an activist and his eventual establishment of Fisk University as his base of operation. Fisk University located in Nashville, Tennessee, was founded in 1866 after the American Civil War primarily to educate former slaves, and became a training ground for some of the nationís most valued civil rights leaders.
The programs of the Race Relations Department and the celebrated gatherings of the Race Relations Institutes are highlighted in order to emphasize structured efforts by Fisk to improve racial conditions. The involvement in the local and national struggles of the 1950s and 1960s of select students, faculty, and local Nashville leaders is also detailed in this study. Although Fisk played an important role in providing leadership during the civil rights movement, this is not a history of Fisk or the civil rights movement. It is hoped that this dissertation will shed light upon Charles S. Johnsonís continuous efforts to achieve racial harmony with the help of the Fisk community.
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