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I have been offered admission to the University of California, Los Angeles M.A. program in Afro-American Studies. I’m thrilled about the opportunity to study at such a phenomenal research university for graduate school. I want to thank two of my mentors at Bates, Dr. Charles Nero a professor in the programs in African American Studies and American Cultural Studies and Rhetoric Department and Czerny Brasuell, the Director of  Multicultural Affairs, for supporting me throughout the graduate school process.  Bates has prepared me well for graduate school, yet I’m still nervous about the new environment. But I must admit, I’ve been playing the song “California Love” over and over again since I received word on my acceptance yesterday morning. Yet, I have not confirmed my attendance because I still have to some issues to work out before I make a final decision. However, I’m very happy about having this institution as an option. I’ll keep you posted.

African American Studies has been my life for the past four years and I want to continue to have an enriching experience in the field!  God is good!

BACK TO MY AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES THESIS! I can’t celebrate too long at all!

Yours in the Struggle, I am

Brother Phillips

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Published in: on February 28, 2010 at 3:01 am  Leave a Comment  

Thesis Abstract

Hello everyone, I know I have not communicated with you for some time now. However, I want to let you know that it’s been for a good reason. I have been occupied with my senior thesis which is a required project that all Bates students have to do before they graduate. Students meet with their advisers once a week to discuss the project and we are responsible for getting done an extensive report on a topic of our choice. It’s an arduous task, but its rewarding because it helps student prepare for graduate school type research. I’m currently writing a combined thesis in African American Studies and Philosophy. But, I’m going to do a better job updating you folks in internet land with whats going on in my life haha.

Here is my thesis abstract in African American Studies and Philosophy:

Adviser: Hilmar Jensen

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The Conflict Within: SNCC, Black Integrationists, and Black Nationalists: Integrationist and Black nationalist philosophies are, arguably, divergent and irreconcilable strategies adopted, at different times, in the long-range struggle for Black liberation in the U.S. My thesis focuses on the relationship between these ideologies as methods of protest, and how these methods have shaped protest tactics and ideologies taken for granted by African Americans today. It attempts to answer three related questions: During the key period 1960-1968, how might we assess the array of political perspectives within the Black community? How did the balance between Blacks supporting integrationist or Black nationalist philosophies shift? What did this mean? Throughout this period, individual activists and organizations debated the efficacy of both integrationist and Black nationalist ideologies. Some radically altered their ideological and practical commitments to embody one or the other of these two strands of thought. My project specifically examines the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Black Freedom Movement’s vanguard in these years, exploring how and why its members’ philosophies shifted from integrationist toward nationalistic perspectives as a means for social change. It seeks to illuminate why Blacks chose certain philosophies and how the presence of multiple forms of social thought has affected possibilities for a unified Black liberation struggle today.

Yours in the Struggle, I am

Brother Phillips

Published in: on February 21, 2010 at 1:48 am  Leave a Comment  

Integrity—Part of the Bates Way

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A few weeks ago, I was rushing to send off an important package. I pulled out my wallet to pay for the package, yet Bates’ mail center only takes cash or check. I placed my debit card on the counter, thinking that I would pick it up later and pulled out my checkbook.  I then left the mail center, happy that I finally delivered the package. A few hours later, I decided to go to Milts (campus variety store) to pick up some snacks for evening studying.  I reached for wallet to pull out my debit card and it wasn’t there. I said to my self “ughh I must have left it in the mailroom.” The mailroom was closed now.  I now had to wait until the next morning to see if it was still there.

The next morning, I returned to the mail room and one of Bates staff members was there. She said, “you left something here yesterday didn’t you.” I said “wow, thank you Jesus.” She had stored my debit card in a safe location and returned it to me. I was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t go missing or was stolen. I shouldn’t had been because integrity among folks at Bates is what makes our college special.

That’s Bates for ya. People here for the most part are honest and caring. That’s the Bates way!

 Yours in the struggle, I am

Brother Phillips

Published in: on February 1, 2010 at 4:33 am  Leave a Comment