Black Power and the Black Student Organization at Kalamazoo College
Caldwell, Elvin L., II
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This paper will examine the formation of the Black Student Organization at Kalamazoo College in 1968, and its practices and ideals of the organization between 1968 and 1969. It will describe how these African American students, mostly athletes, came to redefine themselves and challenge Kalamazoo College to recognize their unique identity. It will argue that the BSO intended to use Kalamazoo College to help them become more politically functional to serve the needs of the black communities in which they came. This story explains much about how blacks redefined themselves in the late 1960' s due to the influence of Black Power and how this group identity clashed with predominantly white universities and colleges such as Kalamazoo College. The paper argues that the BSO not only was founded on the ideals of articulated in Black Power but they used these ideals to shape their practices and they defined themselves in their practices.
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