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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

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

Joyce M. Bell

Columbia University Press

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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