White Money Black Power
These programs are largely controlled by White institutions that are loath to give scholarships to the underprivileged Blacks. A majority of Blacks feel that the Black Studies programs are not given the same amount of recognition that its counterparts acquire and therefore they either drop out of this program midway or do not enroll at all. So, by reading about the struggles that helped in the formation of the Black Studies program the African American would feel a greater degree of respect towards the objectives of the programs and enroll in them in a greater number. Hence, the book White Money/ Black Power has a place of importance in the lives of African students as it makes them acquainted with the widespread struggle that ensured in its establishment.
The African American Studies program had a very interesting beginning. This program was greatly influenced and assisted by the prestigious Ford Foundation, specifically its president Mr. McGeorge Bundy who made it the priority of his job. The white students also played a significant role in the formation of the movement. The revolutionary start of the African American Studies, its position in the American Academy and its status today have been chronicled effectively in Noliwe M. Rook’s book “White Money/ Black Power: The Surprising History of African American Studies and the Crisis of Race in Higher Education.”
Noliwe M. Rooks, Associate Director of Princeton University’s African-American Studies program explores the record of African American Studies in the US and then questions their further potential in her book White Money Black Power. The writer analyses the history into two parts. In the first part, she describes the chaotic beginning of the program that encompassed the San Francisco State University’s campus along with the preliminary support that it received from the Ford Foundation. .