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The Black Power Movement and American Social Work

Joyce Bell


The Black Power movement has often been portrayed in history and popular culture as the quintessential “bad boy” of modern black movement-making in America. Yet this impression misses the full extent of Black Power's contributions to U.S. society, especially in regard to black professionals in social work. Relying on extensive archival research and oral history interviews, this book follows two groups of black social workers in the 1960s and 1970s as they mobilized Black Power ideas, strategies, and tactics to change their national professional associations. Comparing black dissenters within t ... More

Keywords: Black Power movement, black social worker, black professionals, National Federation of Settlements, National Conference on Social Welfare, black professional associations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231162609
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231162609.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joyce Bell, author
University of Pittsburgh