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

By Ralph J. Bunche

A world-renowned student and statesman, Dr. Ralph J. Bunche (1903—1971) begun his occupation as an educator and a political scientist, and later joined the United countries, serving as Undersecretary basic for seventeen of his twenty-five years with that physique. This African American mediator used to be the 1st individual of colour anyplace on the earth to be provided the Nobel Prize for Peace. within the mid-1930s, Bunche performed a key position in organizing the nationwide Negro Congress, a well-liked front-styled staff devoted to innovative politics and hard work and civil rights reform.

A short and Tentative research of Negro Leadership offers key perception into black management on the sunrise of the trendy civil rights circulate. initially ready for the Carnegie beginning research, An American drawback: The Negro challenge and sleek Democracy, Bunche’s examine at the subject used to be accomplished in 1940. This never-before-published paintings now contains a longer scholarly creation 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 understand 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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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.

Type 2: Cautious Leaders A Negro undertaker, and something of a “leader” in a deep southern town, defends the white people, even a peonage farm operator. In speaking of a young Negro woman teacher who was beaten by a white bus driver, this leader said: “I bet it was her own fault. E. minister in Denver is referred to by both Negroes and whites as the outstanding Negro leader. Seems cautious and suspicious of persons who are too curious and inquiring. Gives the impression of weighing very carefully every word and action.

Given Bunche’s disdain for at least some characteristic in all of the types he identified, one has to wonder how Bunche would have answered the question. Also, in light of the facts that Bunche was undoubtedly a leader in academia, that he interviewed so many of his peers in the study, and that he even inserted the names of his closest Howard colleagues in the survey he gave to college students designed to test leadership recognition, it is fair to ask where Bunche ought to be placed within his own leadership typology.

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