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Eugene Kinckle JonesThe National Urban League and Black Social Work, 1910-1940$
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Felix L. Armfield

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036583

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036583.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Eugene Kinckle Jones

Felix L. Armfield

University of Illinois Press

This introductory chapter lays out a brief biography of Eugene Kinckle Jones and his work in black social reform, including his affiliation with the National Urban League (NUL). It laments the lack of scholarship on Jones's role in both the NUL and the American social-work movement. Moreover, the chapter narrows the focus of this book—not to the NUL in particular—but to Jones and his role in the professionalization of black social work, in order to increase our understanding of the “urban black experience”—the processes of migration and of migrants becoming black urbanites. The chapter furthermore attempts to illustrate how social work as a profession engaged black Americans and how it was administered during its infancy. It then closes with a brief overview of the following chapters.

Keywords:   Eugene Kinckle Jones, National Urban League, NUL, American social-work movement, black social work, black Americans, migration, urban black experience, social work

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