Whence and Wherefore

  • Lea E. Williams


Social and economic forces have historically influenced the tenor, style, and aims of African American leadership. In particular, the deeply segregated southern society and reign of terror that evolved out of the backlash from Reconstruction produced an autocratic, paternalistic style of leadership. Followers accepted these leaders because they exercised their authority to good ends: to try to achieve basic rights and protect constituents from the harsh injustices of racism and discrimination.1 During the civil rights period, African Americans proportionately magnified their political power by coalescing around highly visible leaders who articulated the concerns of the black community, exerting pressure on their behalf.


Black Community African American Community Servant Leadership Black College Black Leader 
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