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The Black Power Movement and American Social Work$
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Joyce Bell

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231162609

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231162609.001.0001

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Black Power Professionals

Black Power Professionals

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(p.45) 3 Black Power Professionals
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The Black Power Movement and American Social Work
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Joyce M. Bell

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231162609.003.0003

This chapter discusses how black professional associational life developed during the Black Power era. Black professional associations emerged from a combination of two principal factors: unprecedented black access to both white-collar employment and higher education, and the Black Power movement ideology of “closing ranks” by establishing independent black organizations. The simultaneous rise of Great Society antipoverty programs led to a gathering of black professionals in both government and non-profit programs serving the black poor, which makes for an ideal case in examining the process of intra-organizational social movements (IOSMs). The chapter also describes the relationship between the action and organization of black social workers and the framing of the Black Power movement.

Keywords:   black professionals, Black Power era, white-collar employment, higher education, independent black organizations, Great Society, black social workers

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