Week of October 25: Africana Psychology with Dr. Karanja Carroll

For Wednesday 10/25, we’ll welcome a special guest speaker to lead tonight’s discussion:

Karanja Keita Carroll, Ph.D. is currently an independent scholar and adjunct professor of Africana Studies at Seton Hall University, Hunter College (CUNY) and Baruch College (CUNY). From 2006- 2015 he taught at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz in the Department of Black Studies, as an Associate Professor of Africana/Black Studies. Since 2000 Dr. Carroll has provided a variety of education, pedagogy and social justice workshops throughout New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He has also taught inside a variety of correctional institutions including: SCI-Chester, SCI-Graterford, Brookwood Juvenile Facility, Shawangunk Correctional Facility, Wallkill Correctional Facility and Sullivan Correctional Facility. His teaching and research interests revolve around African- centered theory & methodology, with an emphasis on social and psychological theory. His publications have appeared in Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies, Western Journal of Black Studies, Journal of the International Society of Teacher Education, Critical Sociology, Race, Gender & Class and numerous edited volumes. He is also Associate Editor of Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies. Dr. Carroll is an African-centered social theorist who is thoroughly committed to the African-centered imperative, one that is grounded in the creation and utilization of culturally-specific frameworks in order to understand and create solutions for humanity. Dr. Carroll is committed to “academic excellence and social responsibility” as originally articulated by the National Council for Black Studies.

To prepare for his talk:

  • Read: Chapter 10 (Black Psychology) in Maulana Karenga’s Introduction to Black Studies (pages 397-421).
    • Pay special attention to the major schools outlined by Karenga. Be able to say what the differences between them are and key points of each.
    • Focus on the Radical School (pp. 408-20)
  •  Read Joseph A. Baldwin’s “African (Black) Psychology: Issues and Synthesis” (PDF on the Readings page). Read this slowly and carefully.
  • You do not need the Amsterdam News this week. We will not be covering it.

Quick highlights from 10/18 class:

  • Reviewed “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
  • Reviewed second half of Chapter 4 in Introduction to Black Studies


  • The assignment sheet for the first essay was handed out and is due on Monday 11/6 (Yes, this is before the class meeting for the week.) PDF download on the assignments page
  • The ASCAC Eastern Regional Conference is this Saturday (10/21) in Harlem. Admission is free for students. See details on the flyer below.
  • The Sun Ra Arkestra (whose song “Nuclear War” I played a couple of weeks ago) will be in Brooklyn on Thursday night at the BRIC Arts Media Jazz Festival. Guarantee that it’ll be a lot of fun!