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Root Work Journal - Convening in the Ark - Volume 1, Issue 1

Their Dreams Are Not Ours: Black Higher Ed Reform During the Obama Administration

Jacques Lesure
University of Wisconsin-Madison 





The significance and educational contributions of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and subsequent support they should receive, was highly contentious during the Obama administration. Rooted in tensions born out of liberalism and racialized political economy —the cultural politics reflected in the state’s discussion and approach toward reform highlight deeply embedded logics and facets of coloniality that find themselves embedded in projects of progress taken up by a wide range of social and political institutions and actors. This conceptual essay builds a case for deeper inquiry into these paradoxes.

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