Photo: Dr. Segun Shabaka. Credit: Joyce Jones/SugaBowl Photography
Wednesday 11/27 we will not meet because of the holiday the next day. CUNY has not cancelled classes though so check any other classes you may have scheduled.
On Wednesday 12/4, we’ll have a guest speaker, Dr. Segun Shabaka, who will do a presentation on the background of the Kawaida philosophy developed by Dr. Maulana Karenga and the US Organization and Kwanzaa. Dr. Shabaka is currently co-chair of the New York chapter of NAKO: the National Association of Kawaida Organizations and formerly a member of 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.
Guests are welcome! Invite classmates, family members, boy/girlfriends, or whoever you think needs to be here!
To prepare for his talk and our class session:
- (Re)read the sections on Kawaida Theory in Introduction to Black Studies (pages 160-162, 260-263, 420-421)
- Watch the following presentation on Kwanzaa via YouTube (It’s 48 minutes long)
- Write 2-3 questions for Dr. Shabaka based on Dr. Karenga’s talk below.
Quick Highlights from 11/20 class:
- Reviewed Chapter 10 on Black Psychology in Maulana Karenga’s Introduction to Black Studies (pages 265-283).
- Focused on sections
- Lecture notes posted in the usual spot
- Musical interlude: Ice-T “Mind Over Matter” from O.G. (1991). Watch on YouTube