NIGHT section week 13: Black Economics

Jacob Lawrence (1917 – 2000) “The Carpenters” 1946


General Announcements:

  • NY African Diaspora International Film Festival runs from 11/25-12/11. course-related highlights are documentaries on Lowndes County (11/26, 29), Ella Baker (Schomburg, 11/29),  Fannie Lou Hamer (Schomburg, 11/29), Sonia Sanchez (Baruch College, 11/30). Early reservations are highly recommended–especially for free documentary film screenings! Details at their site
  • Conference of the Midwest regional chapter of ASCAC (Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations) runs from November 18-20 online. Details and registration here

Course Announcements:

  • Prof. Williams Zoom live chat hours: Monday/Wednesday from 4-5 PM! on Zoom here. Or call: +1 929 205 6099 then add meeting ID: 528 450 5381. Or drop by Carman 291.

Quick highlights from Week 12 (11/14)’s class:

  • NPR News story: “Birth Workers in Kansas are Addressing the State’s High Rate of Infant Mortality.” Here. Links made to chapter 6
  • Reviewed Chapter 7 on Black politics in Maulana Karenga’s Introduction to Black Studies
  • Lecture notes posted in the usual spot
  • Musical intro: Comedy duo Key and Peele’s “Obama Meet and Greet” skit. Extra: Richard Pryor’s “The First Black President” skit from his TV variety show (1977)

DO THIS for week 13–Monday November 21

READ all of chapter 8 (Black Economics) in Maulana Karenga’s Introduction to Black Studies. (Approx. 25 pages)

What to read for:


ATTEND the class on Monday November 21

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

Discussion questions

  • See chapter/essay highlights above

Additional Resources:

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