For March 5th: Consciousness and Power’s Social and Cultural origins

First, a big thanks to Dr. James McIntosh and sister Betty Dopson for opening up Clarke house in Harlem for our visit last week!

For this week, we’ll start with our usual review of the AmNews. Read (at least) one news — not sports or entertainment — story carefully and report to the class. Here are questions you should ask to think critically:

  • Briefly summarize the key points of the story, highlighting relevant issues it raises.
  • What is the effect on the Black community?
  • How does it affect our work as organizers and how should we/our organizations respond?
  • What solutions might we collectively come up with?
  • Read chapters 3 (Social and Cultural Origins of Power) and 4 (“Consciousness and Power”) in Amos Wilson’s Blueprint for Black Power that were originally scheduled for an earlier class.

    Questions to think about as you read:

  • How is power developed and transmitted socially and culturally?
  • How does Wilson argue that these methods can be used by the Black community?
  • What is the importance of consciousness to power?
  • What relationship does Wilson draw between race, class, and institutional power in the US?
  • What institutions does Wilson argue are the transmitters of power?
  • Also, if you haven’t yet picked out a place to do fieldwork each week, then send me an e-mail immediately, so we can get you placed somewhere since you’ll have to do some work to be able to complete the final projects for the class.

    Lastly: those interested in the Harlem Great Debate series (that I’ll be speaking in on Sunday) can get all the info at the Facebook event page. Details and dates of the other events (lasting all spring) at Clarke House are there also. Please bring friends/family and spread the word via Facebook and other social media.

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