As everyone who has followed the leading American periodicals in 1995 can tell you, a group of black academics has been much on the country's mind recently. Rather breathless articles have several times announced the arrival of America's New Public Intellectuals. One commentator argues that the recent burst of publishing and attention signals nothing less than the arrival of the Third Black Intellectual Renaissance, fit to be compared with those of the 1920s and the civil rights era.

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