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"A vivid and comprehensive account of the history of the United Negro College Fund."

"Reveals the multifaceted story of the organization's effort on behalf of black colleges."

"So many issues are imbedded in the intersection of race and philanthropy, yet so few researchers have tried to probe them. Gasman is to be admired for being bold enough to examine the 'double consciousness' that existed for both Blacks and Whites in leading and supporting the UNCF."

"A thoughtful, incisive history of the UNCF."

"A solid basis for continued consideration of the intersections of race, philanthropy, and higher education."

"Gasman convinces the reader that agency is complex and compelling, and as a result she reminds the reader that the historical and contemporary ironies of opportunity in this democracy deserve exploration and discussion."

"Envisioning Black Colleges is a worthy addition to the larger field of philanthropic history, and it brings new depth to the study of the history of African American higher education in the US."

"Marybeth Gasman has provided an excellent study of the United Negro College Fund."

"Professor Gasman fills an important and neglected gap in the history of black higher education and its ongoing relationship with philanthropy in the mid- to late-twentieth century."

"Gasman's book is a very informative history of the founding and the evolution of the UNCF during the period examined. Her use of visual images from UNCF campaign advertisements is powerful, underscoring their strong symbolism reflective of the times and each story deftly told."