Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Colored Cosmopolitanism and the Classroom: Educational Connections Between African Americans and South Asians

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_87



A striking photograph introduces The United States of America: A Hindu’s Impressions and a Study, published in 1916 by the renowned Indian anticolonial nationalist Lala Lajpat Rai. After a brief preface to the book, readers encounter a portrait in profile of a pensive-looking gentleman with a meticulously shaped mustache and a salt-and-pepper goatee. As the mostly capitalized caption informs us, this man is “Dr. W. E. BURGHARDT DU BOIS.”

It is no coincidence that the first image Lajpat Rai chooses to present – the image that spearheads this entire 416-page volume – is a portrait of a famous African American educator. Matters of education were of central importance to many Indian anticolonialists, and, in seeking to imagine forms of education conducive to national liberation and national uplift, many of these Indian activists turned to African American thought. Meanwhile,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of California at San DiegoSan DiegoUSA