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Still Happening, Yet Still Problematic: The 21st Century Du Bois and Washington Debate
The National Journal of Urban Education & Practice (2014)
  • Donald Mitchell, Jr., Grand Valley State University
  • Adriana Almanza, Grand Valley State University
  • Adriel A. Hilton, Center for African American Research & Policy
  • Barbara Spraggins, Grand Valley State University
The value of a liberal arts education is evident. Yet valuing a liberal arts education at the expense of a technical or specialized education is problematic. This theoretical article offers an argument for shifting the discourse of valuing a liberal arts education to valuing all forms of postsecondary education. In doing this, the authors highlight historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and community colleges (CCs) as “urban educators,” stakeholders, partners, and beneficiaries of the proposed neo-educational argument. The article closes with practical recommendations for establishing partnerships between HBCUs and CCs.
  • Booker T. Washington,
  • community colleges,
  • historically Black colleges and universitities,
  • liberal arts,
  • W.E.B. Du Bois
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Mitchell, D., Jr., Almanza, A., Hilton, A., & Spraggins, B. (2014). Still happening, yet still problematic: The 21st century Du Bois and Washington debate. The National Journal of Urban Education & Practice [special issue], 7(3), 186-197.