February 28th: Consciousness /Self-Concept and Power

For February 28, Read chapters  4 (“Consciousness and Power”) and 5 (“Self-Concept and Power) in Amos Wilson’s Blueprint for Black Power. Focus primarily on chapter 4.

Presentation by Leah, Cynthia, and Teressa

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?
  • Discussion question: how might organizations and institutions you are involved in/have access to be useful in developing power?

After tonight’s meetings, you should have either developed a short list of choices for your fieldwork assignment or chosen a place. There will be an assignment coming up soon and you’ll have to be settled on a fieldwork assignment to complete it.

Announcements: Black community events coming up:

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