March 28: Class, Race, and Power [UPDATED!]

UPDATE: Because of the second snow day this semester, we will finally get to chapter 7 on Wednesday March 28. We’ll re-assess the rest of the schedule then.

First, thanks to Mut Nfr Ka Raa and Mdut Seshr Ankh for their presentation this week! The organization they mentioned that does a rites of passage program and nation building is Ankobea in Washington DC. They hold an annual conference in early April. See their website for details. See also the Council for Independent Black Institutions (CIBI).

Next week we’ll do the assignment for last week when we had the snow day:

Read Chapter 7 (“Class, Race, and Power in America”) in Amos Wilson’s Blueprint for Black Power.

Presentation by Krystal, Cynthia, and Sharon

Questions to think about as you read:

  • How does race and social class connect, according to Wilson?
  • What is the role of class consciousness?
  • Pay close attention to the “Preparing for Power” subsection in chapter 7. What social institutions transmit power?
  • What 4 processes does the ruling class use to dominate government?


The Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC) is having a major conference in Philadelphia this weekend at the Community College of Philadelphia in downtown Philly. It’s a major meeting of researchers, scholars, and activists working in areas of African centered education. Take the bus down for the day! Saturday’s a good day to go.




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