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Title:
Toward humanity and justice : the writings of Kenneth B. Clark, scholar of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision
Author:
Clark, Kenneth Bancroft, 1914-2005.
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2004.
Physical Description:
xxxiii, 290 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780275975098
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Book

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Summary

This first collection of Clark's work reveals his insight into the fields of social science, education, politics, and the law.


Author Notes

WOODY KLEIN, an award-winning author and journalist, has written about race relations since he was a newspaper reporter in the 1960s. He is the author of three previous books, Let in the Sun (1964), Lindsay's Promise (1970), and Westport, Connecticut. He has contributed numerous articles to magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times. He has been an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University and Fairfield University, and taught a course in civil rights and the media at The New School University.


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Choice Review

It is appropriate that during the 50th anniversary of the Brown decision, attention is focused on Kenneth B. Clark, an academic scholar who helped devise the intellectual arguments against school segregation and effectively served the Civil Rights Movement. However, this book contains significant problems in organization and structure. It consists of a collection of short quotes from Clark's writings that range in length from one sentence to several paragraphs (most are a single paragraph), cobbled together into thematic chapters. While individual selections can provide insight into specific moments or aspects of the civil rights era and reveal the richness of Clark's contribution, the presentation lacks continuity, and chapter organization is flawed. Individual selections are too short to provide a sense of the development or complexity of Clark's thought and arguments. Other aspects of the book are puzzling. Each chapter ends with commentary by one or more persons, which, rather than addressing the content of the chapter, merely celebrates Clark's life and contributions. The appendixes include unsatisfying excerpts from eight documents related to Clark. However, in spite of these flaws, this volume establishes the significance of Clark as an advocate of racial equality and integration. ^BSumming up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. C. D. Wintz Texas Southern University