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Philosophy Born of Struggle Conference records



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Conference Videos

Conference Programs, Flyers, Printed Materials

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Philosophy Born of Struggle Conference records, 1994-2014 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

By Jamillah R. Gabriel, Michelle Jones

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Primary Creator: Philosophy Born of Struggle Conference

Other Creators: Harris, Leonard (1948-)

Extent: 3.0 Cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The records are organized in two series: 1. Conference Videos, 1996-2014 (chronological); 2. Conference Brochures, Flyers, and Printed Materials, 1994-2014 (chronological)

Date Acquired: 11/13/2012. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: African American philosophy, African Americans, Africana Studies, Africana thought, Black studies, Green, J. Everet, Harris, Leonard, 1948-, Philosophy

Languages: English


Records document the Philosophy Born of Struggle Conference abstracts, programs, flyers, lectures, discussions, interviews, and publicity. Materials include brochures, flyers, other printed material, published material, and video DVDs.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Records document the Philosophy Born of Struggle Conference, an annual conference relating to the African American philosophy movement. Conference programs, abstracts, speakers, lectures, interviews, and publicity are included. Types of materials include brochures, flyers, other printed material, and video DVDs.

Collection Historical Note

The impetus for the Philosophy Born of Struggle (PBS) conference began on February 17, 1974 when students and faculty at Rockland Community College in Suffern, New York, gathered for a philosophy discussion entitled “The Search for Alternatives: African American Perspectives on the Human Situation” for the purpose of bringing awareness of the African American experience to the campus. While Roy D. Morrison III, professor of Black Philosophy of Culture and Scientific Method at Wesley Theological Seminary, and Frank Kirkland, professor at Hunter College, were both asked to speak, only Kirkland was able to attend. The discussion still garnered great interest on campus, resulting in the creation of a full-day conference to be held on October 21 of the same year, at the same campus.

The conference was named “Philosophy Born of Struggle,” after a text authored by Leonard Harris, and featured a keynote address by the late Shanara Gilbert, professor of law at Queens College CUNY, entitled “Owning the Self in a Disowned World.” From its beginning, the purpose of Philosophy Born of Struggle has been to “bring together philosophers who share an interest in the philosophy of the Black experience and in the public philosophy concerning issues of racial justice and human liberation.” PBS has become the gathering place for many pioneers in Africana philosophy including Leonard Harris, Lucius Outlaw, Howard McGary, John McClendon III, and the late William R. Jones. Over the years, the conference has attempted to address the “continual struggle of African people” by highlighting relevant topics as evidenced by the following conference themes: Legitimation Crisis in American Philosophy; Harlem Renaissance and the Black Enlightenment; Black Enlightenment and the Future of the Race; Family and the Intellectual Life; Civil Liberties in the New Millennium; Slavery and Reparations; Race Reparations and Restoration; Race and the United States Constitution; Rethinking the Intellectual Life; Black Aesthetics and the Politics of Recognition; Philosophy and Liberation; Philosophy and the Scientific Spirit; Africa in the Dialects of Histoy; Philosophy of African American Studies; Race, Religion, and Social Transformation; Struggle in the House of Life: Equality, Education, and Economic Empowerment; Economic Crisis, Education and the Role of Philosophy for the African American Public; Race, Class, Gender, and State Violence; Advocacy: Ethics, Aesthetics, and Epistemology of Being; Racism, Empire, and Sexual Violence

Under the direction of Dr. Leonard Harris, professor of philosophy at Purdue University, a collection of materials documenting the activities of the Philosophy Born of Struggle conference was amassed and donated to the Purdue University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections in 2012-2013.

For more information, you can visit the Philosophy Born of Struggle website at pbos.com.

Source: “History of an Intellectual Movement: The Philosophy Born of Struggle Conference,” by Dr. J. Everet Green (unpublished document).

Subject/Index Terms

African American philosophy
African Americans
Africana Studies
Africana thought
Black studies
Green, J. Everet
Harris, Leonard, 1948-

Administrative Information

Repository: Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

Accruals: Further accruals are expected.

Alternate Extent Statement: 5 CD boxes, 1 mss box

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Purdue University Libraries

Physical Access Note: Collection is open for research. Conference recordings have been digitized and are available online or upon request.

Acquisition Source: Donation

Acquisition Method: Donated by Dr. Leonard Harris, a founder of the Conference.

Related Materials: Purdue University Black Cultural Center records

Preferred Citation: MSP 194, Philosophy Born of Struggle Conference records, Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center, Purdue University Libraries.

Processing Information: <p style="margin-left:4.5pt;"> Original order of materials is maintained and all printed materials are housed in acid-free folders. Conference videos were imaged to create preservation files, with access files generated from the digital preservation copies.

Finding Aid Revision History: Revisions were made in March of 2016 by Michelle Jones.

Other URL: http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/fa/pdf/msp194-philosophy-born-of-struggle.pdf

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