Black Scholar
Horace Mann Bond, 1904–1972

Wayne J. Urban


"Provides a balanced view in illuminating not only Bond's strengths but also his weaknesses."
Journal of American History

"In telling Bond's story, Wayne Urban illuminates the challenges faced by African-American scholars early in the twentieth century."
Harvard Educational Review

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In Black Scholar, Wayne J. Urban chronicles the distinguished life and career of the historian, teacher, and university administrator Horace Mann Bond. Urban illuminates not only the man and his accomplishments but also the many issues that confronted him and his colleagues in black education during the middle decades of the twentieth century. After covering the major events of Bond's youth, Urban follows him from his student years at Lincoln University and the University of Chicago through his work for the Julius Rosenwald Fund to his subsequent administrative leadership at several black institutions, including Fort Valley State College, Lincoln University, and Atlanta University.

Among the many details Urban discusses are Bond's prodigious early output of scholarly books and articles, his enduring concern about the biases of intelligence testing, his work on preparing the NAACP's court brief for the Brown v. Board of Educationi case, and his career-long interest in what he felt were the affinities between modern-day Africans and African Americans--the one struggling to break free from colonialism, the other from segregation.

Page count: 284 pp.
Trim size: 6 x 9

Read more about Horace Mann Bond at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.


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Wayne J. Urban is Associate Director of the Education Policy Center and Professor of Education at the University of Alabama. His other books include Accountability in American Education; Why Teachers Organized; Gender, Race and the National Education Association: Professionalism and Its Limitations; and American Education: A History.