March 6: Consciousness /Self-Concept and Power

For March 6, 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.

Also see the Readings page for the presentation schedule. The group scheduled to present on 4/10 on chapter 9 has been shifted to 4/17

Presentation by Kenneth, Stephanie, Porsh, and Danielle.
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?

By now, you should have chosen a spot for your fieldwork assignment or be settling on a choice.

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