Thursday May 7: The Crisis of Leadership


Thanks to Dequi Kioni-Sadiki and Sekou Odinga for coming to speak about political prisoners!

For this week, Read Chapter 31, “The Crisis of Leadership” in Amos Wilson’s Blueprint for Black Power: pages 824-859. As usual, we’ll start the class with discussion of important news stories in the current Amsterdam News, so have a printed copywith you.

Here are some questions to guide your reading:

  • Why does Wilson argue that leadership is necessary?
  • What sort of leadership characteristics is he calling for?
  • Why the need (in Wilson’s mind) for Black Nationalist-oriented leaders?
  • Is Wilson right? What other leadership models do you think would be effective?
  • Also remember that presentations will be on the last day of class and should be done using PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi, or similar visuals. You must be present and stay for the entire class on the last day! Some additional resources for this will be on the Assignments page shortly.

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