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

Photo courtesy of Richard Avedon

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

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