Harlem vs. Columbia University (Hardcover)

Black Student Power in the Late 1960s

By Stefan M. Bradley

University of Illinois Press, 9780252034527, 272pp.

Publication Date: July 15, 2009

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Paperback (7/12/2012)

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In 1968-69, Columbia University became the site for a collision of American social movements. Black Power, student power, antiwar, New Left, and Civil Rights movements all clashed with local and state politics when an alliance of black students and residents of Harlem and Morningside Heights openly protested the school's ill-conceived plan to build a large, private gymnasium in the small green park that separates the elite university from Harlem. Railing against the university's expansion policy, protesters occupied administration buildings and met violent opposition from both fellow students and the police.

In this dynamic book, Stefan M. Bradley describes the impact of Black Power ideology on the Students' Afro-American Society (SAS) at Columbia. While white students--led by Mark Rudd and Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)--sought to radicalize the student body and restructure the university, black students focused on stopping the construction of the gym in Morningside Park. Through separate, militant action, black students and the black community stood up to the power of an Ivy League institution and stopped it from trampling over its relatively poor and powerless neighbors. Bradley also compares the events at Columbia with similar events at Harvard, Cornell, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania.

About the Author

Stefan M. Bradley is an associate professor of history and African American studies at Saint Louis University.

Praise For Harlem vs. Columbia University: Black Student Power in the Late 1960s

"A valuable scholarly contribution chronicling one of the most tumultuous periods in America's racial history."--The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

"Essential reading for anyone interested in student and community activism, university housing policies in urban areas, the Black Power and New Left movements, and U.S. history in the 1960s."
--Journal of African American History

"Harlem vs. Columbia, helps to expand our conception of the Black Studies Movement; and allows broader questions to be asked about Black Student Power. . . .  A useful contribution to the literature on the Black Power movement, student activism and the history of Black Studies."--Journal of African American Studies

"A valuable and long overdue addition to the historiography of 1960s student protest."--Labour/Le Travail

 "Bradley has done an admirable job in presenting an often overlooked movement at Columbia University and at a number of other Ivies."--H-Net Reviews

"An important in-depth look at the racial dimensions of the Columbia student protest."--H-1960s