Welcome to Spring 2017! Assignment for February 9th

First, some logistical points:

  • Please sign up for the class text message service if you haven’t yet. Details are on the syllabus
  • 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 Thursday February 9th:

    First, have a print copy with you in class of the current Amsterdam News. 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:

  • 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.nPay 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 this process work? Why does Wilson argue that the lack of an Africentric ideology process is a weakness?
  • 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 2-3)
  • 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.
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