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The Quotable Black Scholar: Lois Benjamin

August 8th, 2008 by Ajuan Mance

The cover of The Black Elite, 2nd edition.

Being a black American, at some level, poses the dilemma of prioritizing being an American and being black.

The dilemma of choosing our identity is an ongoing progress that forces us…to decide consciously or unconsciously the direction in which we will expend our energy.

(Lois Benjamin in The Black Elite [page 6])


Biographical Notes: Dr. Lois Benjamin is Endowed University Professor of Sociology at Hampton University. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Benjamin is the author of several books, including:

The Black Elite: Still Facing the Color Line in the Twenty-First Century

Dreaming No Small Dreams: William R. Harvey’s Visionary Leadership

Three Black Generations at the Crossroads: Community, Culture and Consciousness

Black Women in the Academy: Promises and Perils (Editor)

Posted by Ajuan Mance

Posted in Academia, African Americans, Black Colleges, Higher Education, Lois Benjamin, race, The Black Elite

4 Responses

  1. Anthony Taurus

    Ahhhh maaaan. Another book for me to get lol. I am halfway through Quitting America and I wanted to get to Mein Kampf. I’ll keep an eye out for it at B&N.

  2. Ajuan Mance

    And I’ll have to try Quitting America. Randall Robinson is stunningly eloquent in his calls for U.S. accountability for racism.

  3. Minx.Lee

    The title of the book is almost laughable. same old same old.
    I think we should all read quitting America.

  4. Kahlil Crawford

    The 2nd quote ringz true.