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Light in the Darkness


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Nina Mjagkij is assistant professor of history at Ball State University.


"A significant contribution to the history of institutional racism in this country...extensively researched, carefully documented, and includes an excellent bibliography." -- Journal of Southern History

"Drawing on a wide range of sources -- especially the newly opened records of the YMCA and the papers of lesser known black leaders -- Mjagkij tells an interesting story of the strategy adopted by a group of conservative leaders." -- Contemporary Sociology

"Highly significant.... Illuminates a wide range of important issues, from race relations to white philanthropy, through a careful analysis of African Americans' involvement with the YMCA for almost a century, a subject that has previously received scant attention." -- Willard B. Gatewood

"Provides a useful overview of major figures, events, and significant themes in the largely ignored story of black men's work in this enduring organization." -- American Historical Review

"The first comprehensive study of African American in the YMCA and their struggles and triumphs in the face of racial adversity." -- South Carolina Historical Magazine

"The individuals introduced and the issues raised by Mjagkij provide a pivotal starting point for future studies that will add new chapters to the investigation of the YMCA and this period of African American history." -- Journal of Mississippi History

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