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By August Meier

To lecturers of African American heritage, August Meier is definitely revered as a first-rank student and editor. yet few individuals are conscious of his formative reviews within the 20 years following international battle II, as a white professor instructing at black faculties and as an activist within the civil rights flow. This quantity brings jointly 16 of his essays written among 1945 and 1965. Meier has extra a considerable creation, reflecting on these years and surroundings the context during which the essays have been written. John H. Bracey Jr. contributes an afterword which speaks to the distinctiveness of Meier's event between historians of African American reviews.

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Bracey of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, came up with a similar idea. He did not share my doubts about the viability of such a venture, and from time to time, encouraged by Bruce Wilcox, director of the University of Massachusetts Press, continued to press me on the matter. I really did not take the matter very seriously until, upon a visit to Amherst, he informed me that we had an appointment for lunch with Wilcox. So it was clear that a decision had to be made. For the next day and a half he and I discussed what the table of contents of such a book might look like, and on the third draft came up with a list and an organization that seemed suitable.

1/73/09045 subject : Meier, August,--1923- , African Americans--Civil rights, Civil rights movements--United States--History--20th century, Civil rights workers--United States--Biography. Page i A White Scholar and the Black Community, 19451965 Page ii Books written or edited by August Meier Negro Thought in America, 18801915 (1963) Negro Protest Thought in the Twentieth Century (1965), edited with Francis L. Broderick. Revised edition (1971), entitled Black Protest Thought in the Twentieth Century, edited with Broderick and Elliott Rudwick From Plantation to Ghetto (1966; 3d ed.

My last two years at Oberlin were activist years. Discrimination in the dormitories had led a small group of black male students to move into a house in town, and my brother and I both had rooms there. We were accepted without a question, and I will always recollect fondly those years of study and fellowship together. We were also active in a campus group of secular liberals that protested issues such as the jim crow blood bank and joined in the campaign against the discrimination of the white barbershops.

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