Week of October 11: Africans in America

Image: Building More Stately Mansions. By Jacob Lawrence. 1944. Oil on Canvas, Fisk University Libraries, Nashville TN.

For Wednesday 10/11:

  • Read: Chapter 4 (Africans in America) in Maulana Karenga’s Introduction to Black Studies (Sections 4.1-4.9 only; pages 105-146).
    • Pay special attention to the subsections on Booker T. Washington, WEB DuBois, Marcus Garvey, Ida B. Wells
    • Pay special attention to Critical Thinking questions 1 and 3 on p. 185, especially the comparisons between the people named above
  •  Read “Marcus Garvey and the Concept of African Nation Formation in the Twentieth Century” (pp. 197
    -244) in Dr. John Henrik Clarke’s Africans at the Crossroads: Notes for an African World Revolution
  • Buy a copy of the Amsterdam News newspaper, published weekly on Thursdays and bring the paper with you to class. Read one (news, not entertainment) story and be ready to discuss it in class.

Quick highlights from tonight’s class:

  • Wrap up discussion of section in chapter 2 on Cheikh Anta Diop
  • Coverage of chapter 3, focus on:
    • Problems of studying African history
    • Important contributions of Kemet (Egypt) to science, technology, society, etc.
    • Mali and Songhai
    • Reasons for fall of African civilizations under European colonization/conquest


  • The Black Panther Party film festival is at Maysles Cinema in Harlem until 10/7
  • Save the date: the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations’s (ASCAC) Eastern Regional conference is in Harlem on Saturday 10/21.