Radical Black Excellence: How Black Youth Shaped Civil Rights in Boston
This Fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society/National Endowment for the Humanities supports research that unearths the intellectual roots of Black youth civil rights activism in nineteenth-century Boston. It identifies the formative intellectual and political networks that enabled Black youth to build a politics of excellence that motivated and shaped the civil rights struggle in Boston. Black youth transformed educational policy in the state of Massachusetts while also expanding revolutionary liberal thought in the fight for abolition, thus paving the way for the next generation. Professor Kabria Baumgartner will be writing a book based on this important work.