Bourgeois Radicals book cover photo

NAACP v. colonialism

The book's cover photo sums it up, says author Carol Anderson: a life membership in the NAACP is presented to Indian Prime Minister Nehru amid Sunday-best "bourgeois-ness" in 1949. At January's Life of the Mind lecture, Anderson, associate professor of African American studies and history, shared how primary research into civil rights history revealed tactics the NAACP used to confront colonialism in Africa and Asia. Even she was surprised by her conclusion, she says, as it challenged the conventional perception that the NAACP contributed little to anti-colonialist efforts. She documents her discoveries in Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941–1960. The next Life of the Mind lecture will feature a lecture by Professor of Medicine Ted Johnson on health in aging, followed by a Faculty Salon reception that invites faculty to visit informally with Provost Claire Sterk. Plan to attend on March 25, 2015: 4-5 p.m. (lecture), 5-6 p.m. (reception) in the Jones Room of Woodruff Library.