"How Shall We Eliminate It: Edward Lowinsky and the Black Mountain College Integration Program

UNCA Author/Contributor (non-UNCA co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Garrett Morton (Creator)
Institution
University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA )
Web Site: http://library.unca.edu/
Advisor
Daniel Pierce

Abstract: Black Mountain College was one of the few institutions of higher education in the South to attempt full desegregation decades prior to the Brown v. Board of Education decision. Edward Lowinsky, a German-Jewish music professor was placed in charge of integrating the college and quickly realized the difficult task which lay before him. Despite not being the most qualified, skilled, or connected candidate for the position, he attacked the problem of attracting African-American students and professors to a small, poor, all-white liberal arts college in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Lowinsky was ultimately successful in integrating the college, principally because of his continuous efforts in communicating with African-American scholars and wholehearted dedication to the integration program. Although the integration program at Black Mountain College was relatively short lived and only marginally successful, by responding to the “mentality of the present” Edward Lowinsky made crucial advances in eradicating racial segregation among institutions of higher education.

Additional Information

Publication
Other
Language: English
Date: 2015
Keywords
Black Mountain College, Edward Lowinsky, desegregation

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