Charles S. Johnson

Leadership beyond the Veil in the Age of Jim Crow

By Patrick J. Gilpin & Marybeth Gasman
Foreword by David Levering Lewis

Subjects: African American Studies
Paperback : 9780791458983, 334 pages, October 2003
Hardcover : 9780791458976, 334 pages, October 2003

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Table of contents

Foreword by David Levering Lewis


1. From Bristol to Nashville

2. From Riot to Renaissance

3. The Mentor: Robert E. Park

4. The Park-Johnson Model

5. The Johnson Model

6. Park to Johnson to Myrdal

7. Internationalism: Between the World Wars

8. The Department of Social Sciences

9. Beyond the Classroom: Service Intellectual

10. The Publications

11. The Best of Booker T. Washington

12. The Rest of Booker T. Washington

13. The Department of Race Relations: Confronting de facto Segregation

14. The Race Relations Institutes: Confronting de jure Segregation

15. Internationalism: World War II and the Cold War

16. Conflict over Fisk Leadership

17. The Basic College: Nurturing Scholars and Leaders

18. The Red Scare Hits Home

19. Solomon on the Cumberland


Appendix I. Interviews Conducted in Preparation of the Text

Appendix II. Books Authored by Charles S. Johnson

Appendix III. Manuscript Collection Used in Text



A compelling biography of a key figure of the Harlem Renaissance, an eminent Chicago-trained sociologist, and a pioneering race relations leader.


The milestones for blacks in twentieth-century America—the Harlem Renaissance, the struggle for equal education, and the civil rights movement—would have been inconceivable without the contributions of one important but often overlooked figure, Charles S. Johnson (1893–1956). This compelling biography demonstrates the scope of his achievements, situates him among other black intellectuals of his time, and casts new light on a pivotal era in the struggle for black equality in America.

An impresario of Harlem Renaissance culture, an eminent Chicago-trained sociologist, a pioneering race relations leader, and an educator of the generation that freed itself from legalized segregation, Johnson was a visionary who linked the everyday struggles of blacks with the larger intellectual and political currents of the day. His distinguished career included twenty-eight years at Fisk University, where he established the famed Race Relations Institute and became Fisk's first black president.

After a career as a university history professor for many years, Patrick J. Gilpin was admitted to the Texas State Bar and began practicing law in 1980. His practice is primarily in the area of civil rights. Marybeth Gasman is Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania.