Washington State Rising: Black Power on Campus in the Pacific Northwest (Hardcover)

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Washington State Rising: Black Power on Campus in the Pacific Northwest (Hardcover)

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Documents the origins, actions, and impacts of the Black Student Union in the state of Washington during the tumultuous late 1960s.

Washington State Rising documents the origins, actions, and impact of the Black Student Union (BSU) in Washington from 1967 to 1970. The BSU was a politicized student organization that had chapters across the West Coast and played a prominent role in the student wing of the Black Power Movement. Through accounts of Black student struggles at two different college campuses in Washington, one urban and one rural, Marc Arsell Robinson details how the BSU led highly consequential protest campaigns at both institutions and beyond, which led to reforms such as the establishment of Black Studies programs, increased hiring of Black faculty and staff, and new initiatives to recruit and retain students of color.

Washington State Rising is the first book to document 1960s Black student activism in the Pacific Northwest and includes extensive oral history interviews with former BSU members. Robinson uncovers new insights into Black politics, locating the Black Power Movement in Seattle, Washington, a city and state not typically associated with 1960s black protest. At once fascinating and revelatory, Washington State Rising provides historical insights for current and future social justice activism.
Marc Arsell Robinson is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at California State University, San Bernardino.
Product Details ISBN: 9781479810406
ISBN-10: 1479810401
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication Date: August 22nd, 2023
Pages: 224
Language: English