November 6: Black Relationships and Africana Womanism

Image: Friends. Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012). via Princeton University Art Museum collection.

For Wednesday 11/6 we’ll finish chapter 6 in Maulana Karenga’s Introduction to Black Studies. Read last part of the chapter (pp. 268-285) on the various feminisms/womanisms and the section on relationships, with a focus on “the connections.”

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.

The schedule on the printed syllabus has some changes. Most notably, the schedule mixed up dates for the Thanksgiving holiday week: class meets 11/20 but does not meet on 11/27. Basically, we don’t meet the day before the holiday. Check here weekly for details, as usual.

Quick highlights from 10/30 class:

  • Reviewed the parts of Chapter 6 on sociology and the Black Family  in Maulana Karenga’s Introduction to Black Studies (pages 250-268).
  • My lecture notes are in the usual spot
  • Resource/for further reading: Joyce Ladner The Death of White Sociology
  • Musical interlude: The Temptations’ “Ball of Confusion”: on YouTube here
  • We watched an excerpt from the PBS series Race: the Power of an Illusion. Lots of good stuff at the companion website. The section we saw was focused on housing discrimination in the US by official government policy as an example of institutional racism (racism supported/done by official institutions/governments.) See the 30-minute clip here: