June 13, 2012
The 2012 FTE Leaders in the Academy Conference allowed me to consider how I define my vocation as an African American scholar. Vincent Harding’s article, “IBW and the Vocation of the Black Scholar” brought forth some questions and concerns that I have about the place of the black scholar in the academy. Harding argues that the calling of the black scholar is to fully incorporate the black experience into his/her research. The work of a black scholar should serve as an effective tool that strengthens and empowers the voices and experiences of African Americans. Harding’s article was written in 1974, where social and political issues differed from our current situations in 2012. However, I have reflected on how his claims are being applied in today’s academic setting.