Colleges: The New Black Presidents

Of the nation's 120 Negro colleges, most are in the South and most have traditionally had ministers as presidents—often men of intellectual distinction but with no training as educators. However bombastic in the pulpit, they made a point of being obliging to white authority. They demanded little, and they got little. The result was what Sociologists David Riesman and Christopher Jencks have denounced as "an illfinanced, ill-staffed caricature of white higher education." Lately, reflecting both the new pride and the new competence of the U.S.'s black community, a number of more militant Negro college presidents have risen to power.

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