Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
This dissertation challenges the perception of North Carolina as a racially progressive state by focusing on the experiences of Black student activists at HBCUs from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s. While scholars have interrogated and critiqued North Carolina’s racial progressivism, this work rarely centers the perspective of the state’s Black higher education institutions. Examining the student protest movement at North Carolina A&T illustrates that the racial politics of both Greensboro and North Carolina were invested in Black residents remaining a second-class citizenry. The dissertation is structured as three stand-alone papers. Each is a piece of historical inquiry, grounded in archival research and situated in the scholarly literature. The first paper offers a brief history of NC A&T student protest movements from 1955-1973. The second paper spotlights the NC A&T/Dudley High school uprising of 1969. The third paper tells the process of desegregating the University of North Carolina university system through the lens of the historically Black NC A&T.
Butler, Malika, ""Save our Black schools": Examining North Carolina A&T student activism and challenges towards progressivism in the New South" (2020). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 18101.