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A woman of action: Elma Lewis, the arts, and the politics of culture in Boston, 1950–1986


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Abstract (summary)

This project examines the politics of education, culture and black community formation in Roxbury, MA during the postwar era. Elma Lewis was active in Boston’s black community for more than half a century and through her work as educator, cultural worker and institution builder helped shape the spatial and ideological contours of Boston’s black community throughout the postwar period. Her early commitment to institution building supported the development of cultural networks that facilitated the large-scale organization and mobilization of Boston’s black residents during the 1960s and 1970s in the struggle for educational equality. She founded a school, a national arts organization and a museum, each of which fostered the emergent sense of black community culminating in calls for community control, black power and cultural pride during the later period. She was a bridge activist who established and developed cultural institutions that helped transcend social, ideological and generational divisions within Boston’s black community.

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Subject
Biographies;
American studies;
Black studies;
American history;
Education history
Classification
0304: Biographies
0323: American studies
0325: Black studies
0337: American history
0520: Education history
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences, Education, African-American, Boston, Cultural history, Cultural politics, Education, Lewis, Elma, Massachusetts
Title
A woman of action: Elma Lewis, the arts, and the politics of culture in Boston, 1950–1986
Author
McClure, Daniel N.
Number of pages
186
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 70/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109228410
Advisor
Bracey, John H.
Committee member
Quashie, Kevin E.; Strickland, Bill; Tracy, Steve
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department
Afro-American Studies
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3359905
ProQuest document ID
304923881
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304923881
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