ALLEN B. BALLARD | professor, author and musician

The Education of Black Folk: The Afro-American Struggle for Knowledge in
White America

Almost no institution of higher education in this country before the hiring of Allison Davis at the University of Chicago in 1941 believed that any black man was intelligent enough to be a professor at a white university. In 1940 there were 330 black PhD’s in this country. Not one taught at a white institution. In an attempt to boost the number of black faculty members at white institutions, the Julius Rosenwald Fund, in 1946, wrote a letter to some five hundred college and university presidents in the North, requesting that they make some effort to recruit black faculty. Four-fifths of the colleges did not deign to reply to this outrageous request. Most of the colleges that did reply stated that they would make no special effort to recruit black faculty members. Some said that black faculty were most needed in black colleges, others stated that blacks would be unhappy in a white environment. One said, in a classic non sequitur that the Ohio River was too close by to permit hiring a black faculty member while one honest college stated that, “It isn’t that we discriminate against the Negro race as such, it’s just that the entire college is white.”
--from The Education of Black Folk

Selected Works

Breaching Jericho's Walls
“Breaching Jericho’s Walls is a journey-through-life book that takes the reader to interesting and very different (surprisingly so) sites of memory where compelling experiences take place. I couldn’t stop reading.” — Gloria Wade-Gayles, editor of My Soul Is a Witness: African-American Women’s Spirituality
Carried by Six
The leader of an anti-violence group stumbles upon a crime scene, and unknowingly kills the brother of a powerful but imprisoned drug dealer.
Where I'm Bound
"The important story of black soldiers in the Union army has finally found a writer of historical fiction equal to the occasion."
--James M. McPherson, Professor of History, Princeton University
One More Day’s Journey: The Story
of a Family and a People

Chronicles the movement of Blacks from South Carolina to Philadelphia during the Great Migration, 1917-1940.
The Education of Black Folk: The Afro-American Struggle for Knowledge in
White America

A short history of the education of African-Americans in the United States.

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