Week of September 18: Africans in America Part 1

Image: Building More Stately Mansions. By Jacob Lawrence. 1944. Oil on Canvas, Fisk University Libraries, Nashville TN.

For Wednesday 9/18:

NOTE: THE SCHEDULED QUIZ WILL BE ON 9/25 INSTEAD OF 9/18 AS LISTED ON THE SYLLABUS. DETAILS POSTED HERE + ANNOUNCED IN CLASS ON 9/18

  • Read: the first half of Chapter 4 (Africans in America) in Maulana Karenga’s Introduction to Black Studies (Sections 4.1-4.9 only; pages 105-147).
    • Pay special attention to the subsections on The Holocaust of Enslavement, System of Enslavement, Reconstruction, Booker T. Washington, WEB DuBois, Marcus Garvey, Ida B. Wells
    • Pay special attention to Critical Thinking questions 1 and 3 on p. 185, especially the comparisons between the people named above
    • More focused questions TBA
  •  Read “Marcus Garvey and the Concept of African Nation Formation in the Twentieth Century” (pp. 197-244) in Dr. John Henrik Clarke’s Africans at the Crossroads: Notes for an African World Revolution

Quick highlights from tonight’s class:

  • Finished discussion of chapter 2, with a focus on Molefe Asante’s framework of Afrocentricity (pp. 39-44). See the YouTube video of Dr. Asante explaining it here
  • Finished discussion of the importance of Cheikh Anta Diop (pp. 54-57)
  • Highlights from Karenga’s Chapter 3: African history: group discussion [Group questions to be posted soon]

Announcements:

  • Lecture notes (my slide presentations) are posted on the Lecture Notes page
  • NY State’s voter registration deadline is approaching for the November elections. Download an application here (PDF). New applications must be postmarked by 10/11 and received by 10/16. Changes in political party affiliation deadline is 10/11. Address change deadline is 10/16. You can also register/change info in person. Full details at the Board of Elections website.