If you’re asking, “Wait, what happened to Feb. 12th!!??”–we’re off for the Lincoln’s Birthday holiday. It’ll give those of you without copies of Blueprint for Black Power time to get it and also time to get rolling with whatever org you’re thinking of working with — details below.
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This update will largely repeat the last one since people were still without books and we welcomed some new members to the class. First, some logistical points:
For Thursday February 19th:
First, have a print copy with you in class of the Amsterdam News. The correct one will be dated “February 12-18” and be the one available NEXT Thursday the 12th — we’ll always be a week behind, but it gives you PLENTY of time to get the paper, so no excuses from now on! See details of where to find 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:
Briefly summarize the main points of the story
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. Pay close attention to the following points:
In chapter 1: what different types of power are there? How are these used to enforce systems of domination?
In chapter 11: what is ideology?
How does the ideological process work?
Why does Wilson argue that the lack of an Afrocentric ideology process is a weakness?
What does Wilson suggest as solutions?
Finally, e-mail me the following:
A short list (as we started to do in class) of community issues you might want to work on/ be involved in (about 3)
What geographical areas you can travel to. Be realistic here: there are neighborhoods you *might* want to be involved in, but are difficult to get to and you’ll end up not doing consistent work. Choose something you can stick to.
Begin to do some mapping and research of your own on a community organization that might be a good fit.
If you have some ideas in mind, send them to me along with a short description of the type of work the org does.