Week of October 10: 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 10/10:

  • Read: Chapter 4 (Africans in America) in Maulana Karenga’s Introduction to Black Studies (Sections 4.11-4.12 only; pages 150-168).
    • Pay special attention to the following sections: Civil Rights Movement, Black Power Movement, Political Thrust, Cultural Thrust
  •  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.
  • Bring both books (or copies) with you to class next week

Quick highlights from tonight’s class:

  • Watched second half of the Dr. John Henrik Clarke documentary film A Great and Mighty Walk. Online here.
  • Musical Break: “Rise Vision Comin'” by Haki Madhubuti and Nation: Afrikan Liberation Arts Ensemble. On iTunes here.
  • 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.


  • NEW: My own lecture notes shown in class will now be posted on the Lecture Notes page
  • Midterm paper assignment will be given out next week in class–and posted online here
  • NY State’s voter registration deadline is approaching for the November elections. Download an application here (PDF). New applications must be postmarked by 10/12 and received by 10/17. Changes in political party affiliation deadline is 10/12. Address change deadline is 10/17. You can also register/change info in person. Full details at the Board of Elections website.
  • The Black Panther Party film festival continues at Maysles Cinema in Harlem the weekend of 10/5-6. Of particular interest are the following films:
    • Slavery By Another Name 10/6
    • Winnie 10/6