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Between Washington and Du BoisThe Racial Politics of James Edward Shepard$
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Reginald K. Ellis

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056609

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056609.001.0001

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A Legacy Continued

(p.108) Epilogue
Between Washington and Du Bois

Reginald K. Ellis

University Press of Florida

The epilogue reveals the importance of placing African American black college presidents in an historical context. I re-emphasize the role of a black college president as more than an administrator of an institution but a race leader to his community. I also explain the creation of “moderation” in North Carolina and how Shepard help create this approach to the race issue prior to the legal battles surrounding school integration during the 1950s. Finally, I examine how Shepard’s legacy at North Carolina Central University has lasted well into the twenty-first century. This lasting impact is seen in the theory of the “Central Way” of doing things at the school today. This approach is largely based on the foundation of “moral education” that Shepard created in the early to mid-twentieth century.

Keywords:   black college presidents, North Carolina Central University, moral education

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