Image: Basir Mchawi. Credit: Hank Williams
Wednesday 11/22 we will not meet because of the holiday the next day. CUNY has not cancelled all classes though so check any other classes you may have scheduled.
On Wednesday 11/29, we’ll have a guest speaker, Basir Mchawi, who will do a presentation on the history of the Kwanzaa celebration at the Brooklyn-based cultural center The East, which was a strong presence in the 1970-mid 80s and were the founders of the still-running International African Arts Festival, held annually in Brooklyn over the Fourth of July weekend.
To prepare for his talk and our class session:
- (Re)read the section on Kawaida Theory in Introduction to Black Studies (pages 260-263)
- Read about the history of The East via this interview with the late Jitu Weusi, who was one of the founders, and this short blog post.
- Read the Seven Principles (Nguzo Saba) on the Official Kwanzaa Website
- Watch the following documentary on Kwanzaa via YouTube (It’s about 70 minutes long)
What to read/look for:
You do not need the Amsterdam News this week or for the rest of the semester. We will not be covering it.
Quick highlights from 11/15 class:
- Coming soon
- No class on Wednesday 11/22 for the holiday.
- Attention education majors/ educators: See the following event on Sunday 11/19 at the John Henrik Clarke House in Harlem. All are welcome and admission is free, though they’ll ask for donations at the end of the program