LocationTaylor Auditorium, McCool Hall
Dr. Earl Wright, University of Cincinnati, will speak on March 8th, on the topic, "Jim Crow Sociology: The Black and Southern Roots of American Sociology," 5-6:30 pm Race in America Series.
Jim Crow Sociology: The Black and Southern Roots of American Sociology
When the canon of significant contributors to the discipline of sociology is unleashed the roster includes, nearly exclusively, scholars and institutions representing the Midwest and East Coast regions. This research reframes the origin and development of American sociology by centering the activities and contributions of African American sociologists at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The contributions of Atlanta University, Tuskegee Institute, Fisk University and Howard University are examined through a Black Sociology lens wherein it is uncovered that these HBCUs have made substantive, yet ignored, contributions to sociology. Their accomplishments include establishing the first American school of sociology at Atlanta University, the first program of applied rural sociology at Tuskegee Institute, one of the first programs of applied urban sociology at Fisk University and one of the leading intellectual schools of thought in American academia at Howard University. Collectively, the findings of this research force the American sociological community to re-think and re-articulate its history and enlarge its canon of important contributors to this field.