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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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“A Nice Social Tea Party”

“A Nice Social Tea Party”

The Rocky Relationship Between Social Work and Black Liberation

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The Black Power Movement and American Social Work

Joyce M. Bell

Columbia University Press

This chapter recounts the history of the service/activism tension in the social work profession. It examines the debates within social work organizations during the advent of the civil rights movement, as well as the effect brought about by race riots and the emerging Black Power movement on discourses about activism in the profession. During a social movement surge, activism is often characterized by the practices of said movements. Groups who traverse between activism and some other role (direct service, advocacy), such as social workers, are forced to rethink their roles in movements. The conflict lies within the organization's identity, asking whether or not they are the sort of institution that participates in civil rights marches. This aura of uncertainty produced openings for disagreeing social workers to seek change within the profession.

Keywords:   activism, social work organizations, civil rights movement, Black Power movement, social work profession

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