Week of October 24: Black Sociology and Africana Womanism

Image: US American Black. Faith Ringgold. via artist’s website. 1969. Oil on canvas. 60 x 84″. From Ringgold’s “Black Light” series.

The Midterm essay is due in next week on Wednesday 10/24. Get the assignment sheet on the assignments page if you’ve lost it and start working on it, especially if you need to visit the ACE Center for writing assistance. Plan to visit them now.

For Wednesday 10/24, we’ll go to chapter 6 in (Black Sociology) Maulana Karenga’s Introduction to Black Studies. Read the entire chapter (pp. 249-283).

Also read Clenora Hudson-Weems’s “Africana Womanism: an Overview” (PDF on the Readings page)

You do not need to bring the Dr. Clarke book this week. We won’t be using it.

Quick highlights from 10/17 class:

  • Reviewed sections of Chapter 5 on Religion in Maulana Karenga’s Introduction to Black Studies (pages 150-165).
  • Reviewed Dr. John Henrik Clarke’s essay “Image and Mind Control in the African World” (pp. 329-364) in Notes for an African World Revolution. See the Lecture Notes page for a copy of my presentation with highlights from the text
  • Musical transition: first section of saxophone great John Coltrane’s groundbreaking album A Love Supreme with Jimmy Garrison (bass), McCoy Tyner (piano), and Elvin Jones (drums). On YouTube here; the full 32-minute album is here. Coltrane was deeply religious and saw the album as a “gift from the almighty,” according to Tyner. He wrote a poem to accompany the liner notes, which you can read here.
  • Resource/for further reading: Maulana Karenga’s books on Maat can be found here.

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