Interdisciplinary Honors Seminars

Anti-Apartheid and Civil Rights Movements: King and Mandela, Lessons in Leadership

Anti-Apartheid and Civil Rights Movements: King and Mandela, Lessons in Leadership


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Professor Ronald Quincy

W 9:50-12:50

AB 3450 College Ave Campus

This seminar will examine the strategic ways in which leaders have sought to institutionalize their activism and public dissent. The class will utilize an interactive discussion format. On a macro-level, the focus will include founders of civil and human rights organizations and other social change pressure groups. On a micro-level, we will contrast leadership roles of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his co-founding of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and Nelson Mandela and his leadership role in the African National Congress (ANC).

This course will also provide students the opportunity to expand their social science research methods skill set. The course will include a mandatory research practicum that will utilize the Photovoice qualitative participatory action research (PAR) methodology; and/or social science survey research methods.

About Professor Quincy

Dr. Quincy earned his Ph.D. from the College of Social Sciences at Michigan State University.  He served as a member of the Governor of Michigan’s Cabinet, Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, and Director of the Michigan State Office of Human Resources Policy and Special Projects.  His other previous positions include the following: Associate Vice President, Assistant to the President, of Harvard University; Chief Operating Officer of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change; Executive Director/President of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.; President of the White House Fellows Association and Chairman, White House Fellows Foundation; Senior Management Consultant, Towers Perrin (the world’s 11th largest management consulting firm); and Foreign Policy Advisor, U.S. State Department, Africa Bureau.