DAY section Week 6: Africans in America Part 1

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.

flyer for 2022 Black Panther Party film festival at Maysles Cinema in Harlem


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

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?

What’s Next?

Chapter 4, second half in Introduction to Black Studies: “Black History: Africans in America”