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Philosophy Born of Struggle conference records


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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The Philosophy Born of Struggle Conference was founded by J. Everet Green and Leonard Harris in 1994. The impetus for the conference came from an event organized by Green on February 17, 1994 at Rockland Community College in Suffern, New York, when students and faculty gathered for a philosophy discussion entitled "The Search for Alternatives: African American Perspectives on the Human Situation" for the purpose of bringing awareness of the African American experience to the campus. The discussion created great interest on campus, and led to the creation of a full-day conference on October 21 of the same year.

The title of the conference comes from a text authored by Leonard Harris. Many important thinkers and writers in the field of Africana Philosphy spoke at the Philosophy Born of Struggle Conference, sometimes in multiple years. For many years, the conference continued to be held at Rockland Community College, but it has also been held at other US institutions.

This collection includes programs and posters, correspondence and conference materials, histories of the conference, miscellaneous materials, and recordings. Programs and posters advertise the conference over the years, and sometimes include lists of speakers. Correspondence and conference materials includes invitations to speak, speaker biographies, discussions of conference planning, and occassionally texts from the conference. Histories of the conference includes two short essays. Miscellaneous materials include materials related to J. Everet Green not related to the Philosophy Born of Struggle Conference, including a 2015 speech, a newspaper article, and some fragments.

Organized by theme and chronologically

Gift of J. Everet Green, July 2022

Processed by Alex Asal and Sarah Horowitz, completed October 2023

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Alex Asal and Sarah Horowitz
Finding Aid Date
October, 2023
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Collection Inventory

Posters and Program, 1994-2012.
Box 1
Mailing list, undated.
Box 1
Correspondence and opening remarks, 1994.
Box 1
Correspondence and conference materials, 1995.
Box 1
Correspondence and documents, 1996.
Box 1
Correspondence and documents, 1997.
Box 1
Correspondence and documents, 1998.
Box 1
Correspondence and documents, 1999.
Box 1
Correspondence and documents, 2000.
Box 1
Histories of the conference, undated.
Box 1
Miscellaneous J. Evert Green materials, 2015 and undated.
Box 1

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