Journal of African American Studies

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 353–371 | Cite as

The International Dimensions of Everyday Black Political Participation

  • Robin J. HayesEmail author
  • Christina M. Greer


The extent to which everyday African American political participation operates across US borders is rarely examined. This article explores this phenomenon by asking if there is a relationship between the characteristics of black social movements outside the USA and how African American institutions encourage their constituencies inside the USA to participate politically. Through background research, the authors developed hypotheses about how independent variables relating to the ideology, tactics, and membership of the African independence movement relate to the dependent variable, participation encouragement, by African American institutions. In order to operationalize these measures, data were gathered through the African American Press Internationalism Study—a content analysis of 451 articles and editorials about the African independence movement that appeared in African American newspapers between 1957 and 1971.


Race and politics African Americans African independence Diaspora Political participation Institutions 



The authors are grateful to Alvin Tillery and Joseph Bafumi for their helpful comments on an earlier draft of this work. They also thank the Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for funding the research upon which this article is based. Bryan Carter also assisted this research. In addition, the authors appreciate the commentators and discussants at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) for their feedback.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban PolicyThe New SchoolNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Political ScienceFordham UniversityNew YorkUSA

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