The Birth of Black Studies at Ohio State

The history of Black Studies as a discipline is one of struggle, adversity, failure and triumph.  Involved in its birth and development are some of America’s most foremost intellectuals and activists.  Historically, Black Studies at The Ohio State University has been given short shrift in the scholarly literature.  This article helps fill that void.  Utilizing materials from the personal archives of former professors, students and administrators coupled with oral histories, this work offers a vivid account of the birth of Black Studies at OSU.  Situated firmly within the context of the tumultuous Vietnam War era, Black Studies at OSU is a history that is robust in character and far-reaching in impact, hence any history of Black Studies that omits the happenings at OSU is incomplete.

A Ruckus on High Street: The Birth of Black Studies at The Ohio State University Article [pdf]