Photo: It’s Nation Time. Amiri Baraka. Black Forum Records (Motown). 1972.
First, a few housekeeping details:
- Remember that this class doesn’t use Blackboard. Check the course website every week for updates and detailed reading instructions which will appear on this page
- The Puerto Rican Day Parade Scholarship deadline is April 16. Details here
- The St. George’s Society of NY Scholarship is for students with heritage from British Commonwealth countries. Deadline is May 21. The scholarship application with full details is here and Lehman’s scholarship office asks that you email them before applying at: scholarship [dot] office [at] lehman [dot] cuny [dot] edu
- Zoom events
- The Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC) conference runs from April 9-17 on Zoom. Details here
On the weekly Zoom sessions:
- Audio of the weekly classes is on the Zoom archive page. Same password as everything else to access.
- Sign-up info for weekly Zoom sessions is on the Zoom meet info page. I recommend saving the meeting ID and password in your calendar or elsewhere to easily join
Quick highlights from Week 8 (4/7)’s class:
- Reviewed the parts of Chapter 6 on Africana Womanism in Maulana Karenga’s Introduction to Black Studies (pages 265-283).
- Musical intro: Ramsey Lewis’s “Sun Goddess” Listen on YouTube
- Musical interlude: Nina Simone “Why the King of Love is Dead” Listen on YouTube
- Selected additional resources: Delores Aldridge’s books Focusing, Focusing, Focusing: Black Male-Female Relationships and Our Last Hope: Black Male-Female Relationships in Change.
- Clenora Hudson-Weems’s “Africana Womanism: an Overview” (PDF on the Readings page)
For Wednesday 4/14, (Week 11), there is one readings to do.
Read all of chapter 7 (Black Politics) in Maulana Karenga’s Introduction to Black Studies.
Also read “Kwame Nkrumah, The Political Rehearsal: His American Years” (101-113) in Dr. Clarke’s Notes for an African World Revolution. Also read “On Leadership” (pp.33-34) and “On Alliances” (pp. 39-40). [Edit: no additional reading–just the textbook chapter.]
What to read for:
Chapter 7 takes a broad look at political engagement from Kemet to the experience in the US. Think about what rooting political responses in ancient texts does. Review the “Crusian Paradigm” from chapter 6 on social organization and think about how that relates to/shapes political engagement. Also think about how the chapter frames political engagement as more than just the electoral process–and indeed what goes into the electoral process behind the scenes.
RESPOND to one idea in the textbook chapter or the PDF and DISCUSS it with classmates and myself with the comment board at the bottom of this post
ATTEND the weekly Zoom session @ 6 PM EST on Wednesday April 14
General reading strategies:
- Underline/highlight key points in the text
- Use the reading questions at the back of chapters to focus you: read those first
- Try to understand the definitions of the key concepts listed at the back of the chapter
- Make a note to ask the instructor to clarify anything you don’t understand
- Note key issues, approaches, and dilemmas/challenges Dr. Karenga outlines
- See chapter/essay highlights above
Chapter 8 (Psychology) in Introduction to Black Studies
Comments on posts:
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- Remember to be respectful, especially when responding to classmates
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To ‘participate’ in the class, I’d like to see everyone 1) post a substantive comment of their own based on either the reading or my lecture using some of the questions raised or conversation prompts, and 2) to respond thoughtfully to someone else’s comment—not just agree/disagree, but add on evidence or ask a follow-up question. You can also ask a question–for me or others–but that doesn’t count toward your comment and reply needed for the grade. It’s fine with me if conversation continues in a thread as long as it does, but two responses showing a clear engagement with the reading will count for being ‘present.’ Does that make sense? You have two weeks to write those two comments for credit.