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Seems at town-grown relationships with a spotlight on African american citizens.

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Bringle and J. Hatcher, “Assessing and Planning Campus/ Community Engagement,” paper presented at the conference University as Introduction 9 Citizen: Engaging Universities and Communities, University of South Florida, Tampa, 2001; B. Holland, “Toward a Definition and Characterization of the Engaged Campus: Six Cases,” Metropolitan Universities 12, no. 3 (2001): 20–29; J. A. Ramaley, “Embracing Civic Responsibility,” American Association of Higher Education Bulletin 52, no. 7 (2000): 9–13, 20; J.

This page intentionally left blank. 1 The Community Folk Art Center A University and Community Creative Collaboration KHELI R. WILLETTS Collaborations, at their core, create a space for those involved to bring their particular areas of expertise and insights to the relationship; however, university and community collaborations are often challenging and difficult to maintain. Those partnerships that do not privilege academia, nor relegate the community partner to the status of “other,” have been able to be transformed into true collaborations.

To call such activities community service may seem awkward, unfitting, and even strange to those who find service and the giving of their time and energy to others to be a natural part of their cultural or familial legacy and survival. Having said that, we appreciate the value of examining examples of how community service looks or manifests in African American communities and/or when conducted by African Americans, even (or shall we say especially, given the purpose of this book) in more formalized educational contexts.

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