Black Urban Political Development and the American City

Speaker: Kimberley Johnson

Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis, New York University

This paper explores the formation of black urban citizenship or “black urbanism” as a key part of the development of the 20th century American urban order. Rather than seeing black urbanism as reactive to American urban development, I argue that it both shapes and is shaped by urban political development. Such a reconceptualization shifts black urban politics from its “urban crisis" origins across time and space, affecting national, state and local political development.

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