Image: Building More Stately Mansions. By Jacob Lawrence. 1944. Oil on Canvas, Fisk University Libraries, Nashville TN.
IMPORTANT SCHEDULE NOTE: Class meets next Monday (10/3) but does not meet on Wednesday (10/5) for Yom Kippur
The 13th annual Black Panther Party Film Festival is at Harlem’s Maysles Cinema the next 2 weekends. There are usually appearances by several former BPP members. Details here.
Lehman’s Office of Prestigious Awards is hosting an event with a tour of enslaved Africans’ quarters @ Van Cortlandt Park and spoken word presentation on Friday September 30. Reserve your spot/details here
Quick highlights from week 5 classes
- Reviewed Chapter 3 from Introduction to Black Studies
- See the Lecture Notes page for a PDF of the slide deck presented in class
- Musical selection: Pharaoh Sanders’s “Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt.”
What to do for Week 5–March 3:
- 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: up to “Black Science and Invention”
- 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
ATTEND class on Monday
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
Key points to understand
- How does Dr. Karenga think we should approach the study/understanding of history?
- How does the defeat of Reconstruction shape the lives of Black people in the US?
- What forms of resistance do Black people in the US engage in?
- What organizations do Black people form for advancement and resistance?
- What differences and similarities do you see between DuBois, Washington, Garvey, and Wells-Barnett?
Chapter 4, second half in Introduction to Black Studies: “Black History: Africans in America”