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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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“We Stand Before You, Not as a Separatist Body”

“We Stand Before You, Not as a Separatist Body”

The Techni-Culture Movement to Gain Voice in the National Federation of Settlements

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The Black Power Movement and American Social Work

Joyce M. Bell

Columbia University Press

This chapter outlines the mobilization process of black social workers within the National Federation of Settlements (NFS). This process resulted in the emergence of the Black Caucus of Settlement Workers and its attempted transition from a black assembly to a multicultural campaign for representation—also known as the Techni-Culture Movement (TCM). Similar to the development of the National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW), the TCM's growth takes place within the context of the expansion of Black Power politics. The chapter considers the demands, grievances, strategies, and outcomes of the TCM's activism. These social workers employed a voice strategy and maintained a commitment to gaining representation throughout their mobilization, which ended in the so-called “black takeover.” The chapter also tackles the emotional dynamics at work in conflicts within the organization.

Keywords:   National Federation of Settlements, Black Caucus of Settlement Workers, Techni-Culture Movement, National Association of Black Social Workers, Black Power politics, activism

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