DAY section week 14: Black Politics, continued

Photo: Shirley Chisholm—the first African American woman elected to Congress. (Image courtesy of Women Make Movies)


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

Course Announcements:

  • NO CLASS MEETING ON WEDNESDAY 11/23 (Day before the big holiday. Check schedules for you other classes, which might still meet)
  • 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, 11/16)’s class:

  • COINTINUED the parts of Chapter 7 on the Black politics in Maulana Karenga’s Introduction to Black Studies
  • My lecture notes are in the usual spot

DO THIS for week 14

Monday November 28

Read SECTIONS of chapter 7 (Black Politics) in Maulana Karenga’s Introduction to Black Studies.

Read sections 7.4,(The Jackson Campaign) 7.5 (The Historic Election of Barack Hussein Obama), and 7.6  (Black Elected Officials) for Monday

WATCH my interview on Eric Adams (40 Minutes) [Different video coming soon]
Wednesday November 30

FINISH Chapter 7: Read sections 7.7 (interest Group Politics)) 7.8 (Coalitions and Alliances)

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.

Focus on the expectations of Black elected officials and then compare that with the limitations on what they can sometimes do

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

What’s Next?

Second half of chapter 7 (Politics) in Introduction to Black Studies


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