DAY section Week 7: Africans in America Part 1 CONTINUED

Image: Building More Stately Mansions. By Jacob Lawrence. 1944. Oil on Canvas, Fisk University Libraries, Nashville TN.

IMPORTANT SCHEDULE NOTE: No class meet next Monday (10/10). We meet on Wednesday (10/12) only next week!


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


Quick highlights from week 6 classes

  • Reviewed first section of Chapter 4 from Introduction to Black Studies
  • See the Lecture Notes page for a PDF of the slide deck presented in class

What to do for Week 7–WEDNESDAY October 12:

We’ll CONTINUE discussion of the first half of the chapter, focusing on the sections with Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, Ida B. Wells. Keep reading in chapter 4 since we cover the second half after this in week 8.

  • [RE]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, W.E.B. Du Bois, 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 Wednesday

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”