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The Second Generation of African American Pioneers in Anthropology$
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Ira Enell Harrison, Deborah Johnson-Simon, and Erica Lorraine Williams

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042027

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042027.001.0001

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Johnnetta Betsch Cole

Johnnetta Betsch Cole

Eradicating Multiple Systems of Oppression

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The Second Generation of African American Pioneers in Anthropology

Riché J. Daniel Barnes

University of Illinois Press

This chapter explores the life of Johnnetta B. Cole, the consummate public anthropologist. She has been an educator, the president of two historically Black colleges for women (Spelman and Bennett), and the director of the Smithsonian Museum of African Art. She completed her PhD in anthropology at Northwestern University, where she studied with Melville Herskovits. Trained as an Africanist, she worked collaboratively with others to develop some of the first Black studies programs in the country. She went on to critically engage issues of gender, class, and sexuality and became passionate about issues of power, privilege and inequality, which she taught, researched, and explored through the lens of anthropology.

Keywords:   educator, public anthropologist, African diaspora, Africanist, Smithsonian, Northwestern, Herskovits, Spelman, Bennett, Black studies, gender, class

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