his latest book, “Quest for Equality: The Failed Promise of Black-Brown
Solidarity,” Neil Foley examines the issues and tensions that plagued Mexican
Americans and African Americans in their efforts to end employment
discrimination and school segregation during World War II and the years leading
up to Brown v. Board of Education.
will discuss recurring themes from his book when he delivers the UT Arlington
Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) Distinguished Lecture on April 18.
lecture, “Black and Brown in the Southwest: Historical Roots of Inter-ethnic
Conflict and Cooperation,” begins at 7:30 p.m. in room 300 of the Chemistry
Physics Building, 700 Planetarium Place. The
event is free and open to the public.
is a professor of history and American studies at The University of Texas at
Austin. In the fall of 2012, he will join Southern Methodist University as the
Robert H. and Nancy Dedman Chair of History.
Gonzalez Baker, UT Arlington associate professor of sociology and director of
CMAS, said Foley’s lecture promises to be a “fascinating and timely look at how
black and Latino advocacy groups were historically unable to work together on
common topics and why.”
says the issues are complex and he points to underlying differences in organizational
strength, political affiliations, class position, level of assimilation and
how these tensions and uncertainties—and African American-Latino efforts to
overcome them—first emerged over fifty years ago in Texas and California where
Mexican Americans and African Americans sought, against great odds, to
cooperate with each other in the arenas of international civil rights politics,
labor competition and educational equality,” Foley said. “In the end,
however, Mexican-American civil rights leaders and Mexican consuls saw little
to gain and much to lose in joining hands with African Americans.”
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