NOTE THAT THIS IS THE UPDATE FOR THE DAY SECTION: IF YOU’RE IN THE NIGHT SECTION, SEE THE POST FOR YOUR CLASS
First, a few housekeeping details:
- Remember that this class doesn’t use Blackboard. Check the course website every week for updates and detailed reading instructions which will appear on this page
- TUESDAY FEBRUARY 21 IS A MONDAY SCHEDULE IN CUNY: CLASS MEETS TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NEXT WEEK!
- TIckets for Nikki Giovanni event here
Quick highlights from class on 2/15 (no class 2/13 for Lincoln’s Birthday)
- Reviewed section of chapter 1 on Black/Puerto Rican Studies founding and last section on scope of the discipline (pages 17-27)
- Began discussion of Marimba Ani’s essay
- Covered beginning of essay and definition of Ethos
Readings for next week
DO THIS for Tuesday February 21:
RE-READ Marimba Ani’s essay (on the Readings page as a PDF)
READ sections of chapter 2 in Maulana Karenga’s Introduction to Black Studies (pages 39-60).
- Read only pp 39-60 (“Developmental Initiatives”) in chapter 2 (PDF on the Readings page)
- This book is on reserve at Lehman’s library if yours doesn’t arrive in time.
- Pay special attention to section 2.6 (“Classical African Studies”). Focus on pp. 54-57, particularly the section on Cheikh Anta Diop.
- Know why Diop is a significant figure and his intellectual contributions.
- Also be able to explain Karenga’s reasons for the importance of Egypt and Nile Valley civilization on pp. 56-57
DO THIS for Wednesday February 22:
READ Dr. Asa Hilliard’s essay “The Meaning of KMT (Ancient Egyptian) History for Contemporary African American Experience” from The Maroon Within Us (PDF on the Readings page-Now posted!)
- Points to focus on coming later
READ TO UNDERSTAND the questions at the bottom of this post to DISCUSS them with classmates and myself.
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
- Read the chapter outline in the table of contents first, then the key words at the back of the chapter to guide your reading
Goals: understand the following key points from the chapters
- What is worldview?
- What’s the importance of worldview to the discipline of Africana Studies?
- How does the origin of the discipline shape the approach?
- How does the issue of relevance shape the discipline?
- Why is Cheikh Anta Diop important to Africana Studies?
- What is the relevance of Nile Valley Civilization to the present day?
Chapter 3 in Introduction to Black Studies: “Black History: African Background”
2 thoughts on “DAY February 21: Black Studies areas and Diop’s legacy”
Htp. I wanted to set a time/date to discuss how to make this a course learn
Hotep! Please send me an email at professor_williams [at] outlook [dot] com and we can talk about it!
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