"In telling Bond's story, Wayne Urban illuminates the challenges faced by African-American scholars early in the twentieth century."
—Harvard Educational Review
"Does a solid job of tracing Bond's career and, equally important, of placing Bond in the larger context of struggle that gripped black scholars and leaders of his generation-the struggle between protest and accommodation."
"The portrait of Bond that Urban paints is of an individual who yearned for the career of a scholar and teacher but who seemed driven to assume administrative positions that were neither personally nor professionally satisfying. . . . Urban provides an account that any academic contemplating an administrative career would be well-advised to read and ponder. . . . A well-written and thoroughly researched book."
—American Journal of Education
"Those scholars interested in understanding the racial and political forces active within black higher education before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 would do well to begin their research by reading Urban's work."
—Georgia Historical Quarterly
"Provides a helpful case study of the racial restrictions and heavy burdens placed on twentieth-century African American leaders."
—History of Education Quarterly
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.
Read more about Horace Mann Bond at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
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