NIGHT section Week 15: Black Psychology Part 2


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:

  • Final exam is Monday December 19 from 6:15-8:15 PM in usual classroom–in person on campus only. Don’t miss it
  • Midterms have been returned to your email address.
  • Prof. Williams Zoom live chat hours: Mondays/Wednesdays from 4-5 PM on Zoom here or on campus in Carman 291. Or call: +1 929 205 6099 then add meeting ID: 528 450 5381. [NO OFFICE HOURS THIS WEDNESDAY. (Even I have to take a break once in a while …)]
  • Spring 2023 Courses: For those interested, I’ll be teaching Introduction to Africana Studies (AAS 166). There’ll be in-person sections on Tuesday night and M/W afternoon. I’ll also have one section of African American History (AAS 245) that meets Monday night on campus.

Quick highlights from Week 14 (11/28)’s class:

  • Reviewed the first half of Chapter 10 on Black Psychology in Maulana Karenga’s Introduction to Black Studies
  • Lecture notes posted in the usual spot
  • In-class video: Dr. Wade Nobles’s “A Brief History of ABPSi” on YouTube
  • In-class video: Dr. Joy DeGruy’s “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome” on YouTube (5 minute Intro) / 1 hour 21 minute full presentation
  • Lecture notes posted in the usual spot
  • Musical intro: Jimi Hendrix
  • News story–
  • RESOURCE: Association of Black Psychologists  Here
  • New York Chapter: ABPSi

DO THIS for week 15–Monday December 5

Read the following:

1-READ the second half of chapter 10 (Black Psychology-pp. 408-422)) in Maulana Karenga’s Introduction to Black Studies which has the following sections:

  • The Radical School (10.3)
  • Ethos (10.4)

2-Amos N. Wilson: “The Social Bases of Self-Esteem” from Awakening the Natural Genius of Black Children. (10 pp PDF on the Readings page)

3-Additional reading TBA

This class session will also have the first part of review for the final exam

What to read for:

Chapter 10 gives an overview of the broad field of Black Psychology. It starts with a brief overview of the history followed by specific examples of practitioners who began to shape the response to their field, followed by the developments of the 1970s and beyond where a more defined response rooted in culture and experiences of African people outside of dominant theories takes hold. This week, focus on the different approaches of the people summarized in this week’s section of the textbook and read the section “Ethos” (10.4) slowly and carefully. Think about Wilson’s arguments for positive self esteem in children.

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:

What’s Next?