For March 2nd: Consciousness and Power’s Social and Cultural origins

First, a big thanks to Clara Cruz and Ashlyn of People Power Movement, Lehman alum Lamont Oyewole Badru of the Yonkers Community Governance and Development Council, and student and human rights attorney Ron MCGuire 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. Bring a print copy with you to class and remember that this is part of your grade.  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?
  • How does it connect to a point Wilson makes?Read chapter 3 (Social and Cultural Origins of Power) in Amos Wilson’s Blueprint for Black Power that was originally scheduled for the snow day on 2/16. This is obvious, but you must have the book with you to fully participate in class. Copies of the selected pages are acceptable, but not having the book means you are unprepared for class and will be reflected in your final grade.

    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 institutions does Wilson highlight as transmitters of power?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses Wilson presents about the church as an institution?
  • What is the role of the Nation of Islam in his view?
  • What is his prescription?
    Also, send me an e-mail with the following info:
  • A short list of choices for your fieldwork assignment with a brief summary of what the organization does and a link to any website or online presence (e.g. Facebook page) they have
  • Or the place we’ve agreed upon for your fieldwork placementWe will have short one-on-one meetings at the end of next week’s class to evaluate where you are with this critical part of the course.

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