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Memphis Think Tank for African American Progress

Think Tank for African American Progress, Special Issue of the Journal of African American Studies, The Civil Rights of Self Determination: Strategies and Solutions for Economic and Community Development

Call for Papers Deadline: 2009-04-30
Call for Papers

The Think Tank for African American Progress

The Think Tank for African American Progress arranged to compose a special issue with The Journal of African American Studies (JAAS). We invite paper submissions for the issue on the 'The Civil Right of Self Determination: Strategies and Solutions for Economic and Community Development.' JAAS is a refereed multidisciplinary journal that serves as a forum for social scientists engaged in the analysis of the struggles and triumphs of people of African descent. The journal publishes theoretical and empirical manuscripts that seek to understand Black culture, institutions and life and to identify strategies and policies to address specific issues experienced by Black people.


The special issue extends the intent of the Think Tank for African American Progress 2008 held in Memphis, TN (October, 2008) ( to identify specific strategies of self-deterministic change. Papers should therefore build on this premise by examining the causes and consequences of community and economic challenges facing African Americans. All papers should offer innovative, programmatic- and/or policy-relevant solutions.

Papers may explore, but are not limited to:
• the impact of the housing crisis on Black communities
• educational and economic opportunities
• the health and well being of neighborhoods and communities
• the impact of prisoner re-entry on employment outcomes and policies
• models of supportive family services in neighborhoods

Papers may include a variety of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches from different disciplinary backgrounds (e.g., sociology, psychology, public health, anthropology, education, criminal justice, finance, management, and economics). Both theoretical and empirical works will be considered; however, all papers must highlight solutions to current challenges confronting Black communities. The ideal paper will emphasize theoretical richness, methodological rigor and be relevant to practice and/or policy.

Dr. William A. Darity, (Duke University Arts & Sciences Professor of Public Policy Studies, Professor of African and African American Studies and Economics), will contribute to this issue. He will comment on accepted papers as well as offer his unique perspective on some of the most pressing economic issues facing the Black community.

Papers accepted for this special issue will be published in either a 2009 or 2010 issue. Direct queries about this special issue to the special issue guest editors: Dr. Leon D. Caldwell (, Dr. Tracy R. Rone ( and Dr. Janice Johnson Dias (

Authors should follow the JAAS Author Guidelines and submit papers directly to the JAAS website ( The special issue editors will inform the corresponding author of publication decisions following a blind review.

Tracy R. Rone, Ph.D.
Institute for Urban Research
Morgan State University
1700 E. Cold Spring Lane
Montebello Complex D-217
Baltimore, MD 21251
Phone: (443) 885-1254
Fax: (443) 885-8274

<small>"Follow the grain in your own wood.” ~ Howard Thurman</small>

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