For Tuesday 3/12

Cleo Silvers (center) and the A/AAS 470 class.

Cleo Silvers (center) and the A/AAS 470 class.

First, thanks to sis. Cleo Silvers for her fantastic talk last week! Those of you who were absent missed a talk that you won’t hear elsewhere. For next week, we’re back to Amos Wilson’s Blueprint for Black Power.

As always, bring your copy of the current Amsterdam News and be prepared to report on significant stories. In Wilson, Read Chapters 7 (“Class, Race, and Power in America”) and 8 (“The Power Process of the Ruling Class”). Now that you should have all found (and be working with) community organizations, think about them in terms of Wilson and structural terms. Who are they serving, class-wise? Note that not all successful organizations have to serve the poor or underclass to have a valuable mission. Part of what you should analyze is who they are set up to serve and how well they do it. How well do they serve their constituency? How well do they serve the Black community, defined broadly?

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