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) started his profession as an educator and a political scientist, and later joined the United countries, 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 at any place on this planet to be provided the Nobel Prize for Peace. within the mid-1930s, Bunche performed a key position in organizing the nationwide Negro Congress, a favored front-styled staff 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 fashionable civil rights stream. initially ready for the Carnegie origin examine, An American difficulty: The Negro challenge and sleek Democracy, Bunche’s learn at the subject used to be accomplished in 1940. This never-before-published paintings now contains a longer scholarly advent in addition to contextual reviews all through by way of Jonathan Scott Holloway.

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

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Thus, the analysis must devote itself to the ways in which Negroes of prominence adopt and accommodate themselves to the known social conditions, or resist them. What, if any, peculiarly “Negro” factors enter into the Negro leadership equation, which would not be found in the white leadership equation? It would seem important, also, to include in any such analysis those white individuals who have attained a status of prominence and influence precisely because of the Negro-white problem in the country.

Or, the pulpit? Can it be said that the individual actually commands a following? (5) The leader’s consistency in social thinking and acting should be tested, and a special check should be made upon opportunism. (6) It is of importance, also, to determine how widely the individual leader is known and to determine whether his reputation is confined to the Negro intelligentsia or whether he is known to the Negro in the street. In this connection, it would be well to determine, also, the extent to which the Negro leader commands respect and whether he is generally thought of as honest, devoted to his cause or as purely opportunistic.

Melville Herskovits, The Myth of the Negro Past (New York: Harper, 28 Editor’s Introduction 1941 ). Several other books grew out of the project: Richard Sterner’s The Negro’s Share (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1943), Charles S. Johnson’s The Shadow of the Plantation (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1943), and Otto Klineberg’s edited volume Characteristics of the American Negro ( New York: Harper and Brothers, 1944). Jackson, Gunnar Myrdal, 110, 165, 316. A Brief and Tentative Analysis of Negro Leadership Introduction Negro Leadership We are lacking in the data necessary to undertake any comprehensive analysis of Negro leadership.

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