For February 21: Organization and Ethnic Resources

First, a big thanks to Brother Lamont Badru, Lehman alum and founder/director of the Yonkers Community Governance and Development Council for his presentation and visit!

At the end of this week’s class I’ll be doing brief one-on-one conferences with each of you to assess where you are with selecting an organization to work with. If you already have one, be ready to discuss what it is, and what sort of work you anticipate doing with them. If you haven’t chosen an organization yet, I want to see a short list of options.

Read chapter 2: (“Organization and Ethnic Resources”) in Amos Wilson’s Blueprint for Black Power. You can skim the chapter intro, but pay special attention to his list of power resources on p. 28. Also pay special attention to the following subsections:

  • Organizations and Institutions as Power Sources
  • Sources of Organizational Power
  • Factors Affecting Group Power
  • Organizing for Black Power
  • The Afrikan American Nation Within a Nation

Think carefully about the points of strength Wilson suggests in having an organization and reflect on the current organization you’re with. Is it fully utilizing its strength and resources? What might they do differently?

Announcements: There are several important Black community events coming up:

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