Welcome to Spring 2014! Assignment for February 4th

First, some logistical points:

  • Please sign up for the class text message service if you haven’t yet. Details are on the syllabus or here (PDF):BlkComm_R101invite
  • Also, subscribing to the website updates (see box on the right of the page) will get you notifications as soon as I do a new post
  • Lastly, please pick up a copy of Amos Wilson’s Blueprint for Black Power at the Lehman bookstore or elsewhere. You’ll need the book for next week.
  • For Tuesday February 4:

  • First, have a full copy with you in class of the current Amsterdam News. (January 30 – Feb. 6th edition. See details of where to get it near campus on the syllabus or on the “Course Books” page) Read through the paper and read choose at least one story to do a short oral presentation on to the rest of the class. It should be a local, national, or international news, not sports or entertainment story. Be ready to briefly summarize the story. Identify key issues the story discusses that are issues in the Black community and/or your work with an organization or group. Each week, we’ll start the class with a go-round of the stories you choose. Here are questions you should ask to think critically:

  • What is the effect on the Black community?
  • How does it affect our work as organizers and how should we/our organizations respond?
  • If related to your area of interest, how does it affect your (or your organization’s) work how should you/your organization respond?
  • What solutions can we collectively come up with?
  • Read chapters 1 (“What is Power?”) and 11 (“Ideology and the Legitimization of Dominance”) in Amos Wilson’s Blueprint for Black Power. Obviously, bring the book with you and be prepared to discuss the relevant sections.

  • Finally e-mail me either what organization/group you’re planning to work for, what issue(s) they work on, and where (which community) or if you’re undecided, make up a short list (as we started to do in class) of community issues you might want to work on/ be involved in and begin to do some mapping and research on a community organization that might be a good fit.