About the course

About the class

This course is taught by Hank Williams. It will support the work and provide a theoretical component to Lehman African American Studies majors doing work with organizations serving the Black community. The goal of this course is to think critically about what it means to serve the community and practically deal with issues that one needs to be aware of or that may arise. We will investigate issues of community control and what it means for Black communities to develop power. Interested community members are also welcome to “virtually” take the course and follow along here with us.

The course is taught from an Afrocentric point of view and will use Amos Wilson’s Blueprint for Black Power as a theoretical framework to critically analyze what the power structures are in society, how they operate, and how Black communities and organizations can strategically use them to build cultural, political, and economic power in the context of contemporary US society.

Spring 2019 Course

It is scheduled to run in Spring 2019 at Lehman College in the African American Studies department. The course is AAS 470, Section XW81 and meets Wednesdays from 6-8:40 PM.

Location

TBA

For students in the class

Keep an eye on are the Course Updates page, where I’ll update weekly reading/ listening/ viewing. You can find PDF files for readings not in assigned books on the Readings page, where PDF files will patiently wait for you to download and read them. Required books are also on reserve in Lehman’s library.

Note that one of the required parts of the course is weekly work (approx. 5 hours) with a community activist or non-profit organization. Your paid job will (in almost all cases) not count. Plan for this as there is no way out of this particular course requirement and no way to successfully complete the course without it. You should register for the course in a semester that you have enough time for this if this is an issue.

For community members and guests

Feel free to follow along with is either virtually (online) or stop by and visit a class session. The book is available online, in bookstores, and in some libraries. E-mail me for a password for the online readings if you need one and kindly include a short introductory note. You might consider signing up for e-mail updates of new posts. (See the form at the bottom of the page.)

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