Document Type

Dissertation

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy

Major

Education

Date of Defense

12-11-2015

Graduate Advisor

Matthew D. Davis, PhD

Committee

Boyer, Pat

Vanessa Garry

June Christian

Abstract

Abstract This study illuminates the life, practice, and sociopolitical ideology of Communist Educator, Doxey A. Wilkerson. Wilkerson, a former member of the Communist Party of the United States of America, facilitated the development and execution of the Party’s educational programs during the mid-twentieth century. Contextually, narratives grounded in Black liberation, educational equity, and the sociopolitical inclusion of African-Americans have been dominated by the most visible members within the Black intelligentsia, such as renowned historian and scholar, W.E.B Du Bois. The research and narrative constructed within this work provides a unique and sound contribution to liberatory themes within educational frameworks and awakens the muted voice of radical activism within a political guise. The research conducted will capture Wilkerson’s evolving sociopolitical and sociocultural ideology to fully conceptualize the possibilities of radical educational, societal, and economic reform.

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