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Charles Holden

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813134383

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813134383.001.0001

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“Race Was a Delicate Matter”:

“Race Was a Delicate Matter”:

The Academic Study of Race Relations

(p.25) 1 “Race Was a Delicate Matter”:
The New Southern University

Charles J. Holden

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter shows how UNC leaders and professors used their expertise and academic freedom to condemn publicly the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and to work more closely with African American leaders. Through participation in new bi-racial organizations, UNC leaders (sociologists especially, considered experts in race relations) created new and important contacts with the black community. Increased awareness led to a dramatic expansion at the UNC in the study of race relations and African American culture in the 1920s. These efforts resulted in UNC leaders calling on white southerners to concern themselves more with issues such as black poverty and poor health, and to acknowledge the contributions of talented African American writers of the Harlem Renaissance.

Keywords:   race relations, Harlem Renaissance, sociology, segregation, Ku Klux Klan, academic freedom

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