Week of October 18: Africans in America, part 2

2014.11 Elizabeth Catlett
Black Unity, 1968
21 in. × 12 1/2 in. × 24 in. (53.3 × 31.8 × 61 cm)

For Wednesday 10/18:

  • Read: Chapter 4 (Africans in America) in Maulana Karenga’s Introduction to Black Studies (Sections 4.11-4.12 only; pages 150-183).
    • Pay special attention to the following sections: Civil Rights Movement, Black Power Movement, Political Thrust, Cultural Thrust
    • Skim (read quickly) the section on the Obama/current era
  •  Read “Malcolm X: The Genesis of His African Revolution” (pp. 139-158) in Dr. John Henrik Clarke’s Africans at the Crossroads: Notes for an African World Revolution
    • Think about Clarke’s assessment of Malcolm X. Compare this to what you read last week on Garvey/Washington/DuBois. Make a few brief notes on this–just a few sentences or bullet points is fine.

Quick highlights from tonight’s class:

  • Focused on comparison/contrast between Booker T Washington, WEB DuBois, Marcus Garvey, and Ida B Wells-Barnett in Karenga’s chapter 4 and Dr. Clarke’s assessment of Garvey.


  • The following week (10/25) we go out of order from the original syllabus and instead will focus on Black Psychology and will have a guest speaker: Dr. Karanja Carroll. Details on the (new!) guest speakers page. There will be additional readings from outside the textbook. Look for next week’s update for details.
  • Save the date: the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations’s (ASCAC) Eastern Regional conference is in Harlem on Saturday 10/21.