To Be a Co-Worker in the Kingdom of Culture

Trudi Witonsky

Abstract


In 1903, in the introduction to his ground-breaking, seminal work, The Souls of Black Folks, W.E. B. Du Bois calls for a vision of our country in which African Americans can become “co-worker[s] in the kingdom of culture.” In this article I make the case that the use of a novel like Gods Go Begging by Alfredo Vea can help us better understand what is required in implementing Inclusive Excellence, an initiative of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, that takes us a little farther down the road toward Du Bois’ vision.

Keywords


Inclusive Excellence, multicultural literature

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