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African-Americans and American Foreign Policy

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Title: African-Americans and American Foreign Policy: Voices In The Wilderness: The Role and
Influences of African-Americans In The Development and Formation of Foreign Policy 1920-1944


Historical perspective and inspiration (whether academic, institutional, or personal): The historical investigation of African-Americans’ role and influence in foreign affairs from 1935-1944 is an attempt to resolve the debate that until the latter part of the twentieth-century African-Americans did not engage in a collective effort to shape foreign policy.

This paper will demonstrate that African-Americans did articulate their concerns regarding American policy formation, to become more than voices in the wilderness. African-Americans mobilized and demanded that their issues be reflected in American foreign policy decisions. African-Americans understood global issues and created linkages with people of color throughout the world to gain insight and allies in the struggle for equal rights.

Whether the influence came from civic organizations, religious institutions or charismatic leaders, the African-American voice has not been silent in articulating their views on how foreign policy should be created. African–Americans also made recommendations and participated in the formation of foreign policy to shape domestic policy regarding civil and human rights. For African-Americans, foreign and domestic policy were inextricably linked.

This paper cannot fully illustrate all of the contributions of the African-American community in foreign policy from 1920-1944, but it will highlight some significant milestones in organizing, outreach, and influence during this time period.

The first segment of this paper will address how African-Americans spoke collectively through various political organizations and collaborated with the Japanese to address issues of racial equality and human rights at the Peace Conference held Versailles, France after World War I.

The second phase of research will chronicle the rise of the Black media during the Great Migration and how it influenced African-Americans in the collective struggle to influence foreign policy regarding the colonial influence of Great Britain in India.

Relevant personal information indicating institutional affiliation (if any) and what training or experience the presenter brings to the proposal: I am a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. My major was Public Administration/Public policy. My paper was written for my American Foreign Policy class to illustrate the influence of African-Americans regarding American foreign policy formation before the Trans-Africa movement.
I have over 25 year experience in community development and local policy issues.

Presenter's name, address, telephone, fax, and e-mail address: Benita M. Johnson, 11247 San Jose Blvd, #2218, Jacksonville, FL 32223, 412-414-3038, and e-mail address bmj213@gmail.com
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Johnson, Benita. "African-Americans and American Foreign Policy" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 38th Annual NCBS National Conference, Miami Marriott Dadeland Hotel, Miami, Florida, Mar 05, 2014 <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p714449_index.html>

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Johnson, B. M. , 2014-03-05 "African-Americans and American Foreign Policy" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 38th Annual NCBS National Conference, Miami Marriott Dadeland Hotel, Miami, Florida <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p714449_index.html

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Title: African-Americans and American Foreign Policy: Voices In The Wilderness: The Role and
Influences of African-Americans In The Development and Formation of Foreign Policy 1920-1944


Historical perspective and inspiration (whether academic, institutional, or personal): The historical investigation of African-Americans’ role and influence in foreign affairs from 1935-1944 is an attempt to resolve the debate that until the latter part of the twentieth-century African-Americans did not engage in a collective effort to shape foreign policy.

This paper will demonstrate that African-Americans did articulate their concerns regarding American policy formation, to become more than voices in the wilderness. African-Americans mobilized and demanded that their issues be reflected in American foreign policy decisions. African-Americans understood global issues and created linkages with people of color throughout the world to gain insight and allies in the struggle for equal rights.

Whether the influence came from civic organizations, religious institutions or charismatic leaders, the African-American voice has not been silent in articulating their views on how foreign policy should be created. African–Americans also made recommendations and participated in the formation of foreign policy to shape domestic policy regarding civil and human rights. For African-Americans, foreign and domestic policy were inextricably linked.

This paper cannot fully illustrate all of the contributions of the African-American community in foreign policy from 1920-1944, but it will highlight some significant milestones in organizing, outreach, and influence during this time period.

The first segment of this paper will address how African-Americans spoke collectively through various political organizations and collaborated with the Japanese to address issues of racial equality and human rights at the Peace Conference held Versailles, France after World War I.

The second phase of research will chronicle the rise of the Black media during the Great Migration and how it influenced African-Americans in the collective struggle to influence foreign policy regarding the colonial influence of Great Britain in India.

Relevant personal information indicating institutional affiliation (if any) and what training or experience the presenter brings to the proposal: I am a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. My major was Public Administration/Public policy. My paper was written for my American Foreign Policy class to illustrate the influence of African-Americans regarding American foreign policy formation before the Trans-Africa movement.
I have over 25 year experience in community development and local policy issues.

Presenter's name, address, telephone, fax, and e-mail address: Benita M. Johnson, 11247 San Jose Blvd, #2218, Jacksonville, FL 32223, 412-414-3038, and e-mail address bmj213@gmail.com


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