A Brief and Tentative Analysis of Negro Leadership by Ralph J. Bunche

By Ralph J. Bunche

A world-renowned pupil and statesman, Dr. Ralph J. Bunche (1903—1971) all started his occupation as an educator and a political scientist, and later joined the United international locations, serving as Undersecretary common for seventeen of his twenty-five years with that physique. This African American mediator used to be the 1st individual of colour wherever on the earth to be presented the Nobel Prize for Peace. within the mid-1930s, Bunche performed a key function in organizing the nationwide Negro Congress, a favored front-styled crew devoted to innovative politics and hard work and civil rights reform.

A short and Tentative research of Negro Leadership presents key perception into black management on the sunrise of the trendy civil rights stream. initially ready for the Carnegie origin research, An American issue: The Negro challenge and glossy Democracy, Bunche’s study at the subject was once accomplished in 1940. This never-before-published paintings now contains a longer scholarly creation in addition to contextual reviews all through via Jonathan Scott Holloway.

Despite the truth that Malcolm X known as Bunche a “black guy who did not comprehend his history,” Bunche by no means wavered from his religion that integrationist politics prepared the ground for racial development. This new quantity forces a reconsideration of Bunche's legacy as a reformer and the ancient which means of his early involvement within the civil rights movement.

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It was certainly easy enough for someone to gain power by playing the role of the “political stooge,” but that decision came with consequences. One could break free of many of the limited constraints of black possibility, but one could only meet success in both the black and white worlds when one had the support of both worlds. This was impossible for leaders like Jones. In Bunche’s eyes, it was damningly easy to become intoxicated by power—an addiction so overwhelming that in Jones’s case he sought to keep it all for himself.

In this particular memorandum, emphasis is directed to the social mechanisms by which Negro leaders are chosen and permitted to exercise influence. In my estimation, it is of prime importance to determine how particular individuals have attained the influence and status of leadership. This is no easy task, however, and the necessary data are not readily available. The very nature of the subject implies an analysis of those social factors which are responsible for the elevation of individual Negroes to positions of prominence and influence among Negro or Negro and white groups.

22 There is undoubtedly a large grain of truth in the popular assumption among intellectual Negroes, that when an important white man puts an approving finger on a Negro, this automatically elevates him to a position of importance in the Negro world. In similar vein, patronization of Negro individuals is a factor of no little importance. . To cite a specific example, when the Spingarns decided to hold a conference of young Negroes under the direction of Dr. Du Bois several years ago, and invited some thirty younger Negroes to the Spingarn estate at Amenia, New York .

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