May 1: Chapter 10–The Candidate Selection Process

Chapter 10 deals with the candidate selection process for elected officials. Think about this in relation to the last two chapters focused on the process of influencing legislation and public policy.

Read the subsection “The Need for a Black Political Party” (pp 216-219) slowly and carefully. Do you agree with his arguments here? How might you argue this in light of the current political situation and the upcoming fall elections?

Presentation by John, Crystal, and Rosanna

Reminder: assignments details for the final paper and presentation are now on the Assignments page as PDF downloads. Start looking at your fieldwork and begin taking notes. Begin reflecting on your experiences and organizing ideas.


* May 1: Interview paper due

* May 6: (Monday)  presentations sent to instructor

* May 8: Student presentations

* May 20: Final Papers due

Announcements/Upcoming events:

  • THIS WEEK: The Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC) is having its annual conference at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College from April 18-21. (April 19-20 are the key days.) This is an important gathering for anyone interested in taking the next steps in Africana Studies or going to graduate school and will let you hear from some of the key people in our academic discipline and make some good possible connections for graduate school. I’ll be there presenting on Friday afternoon. Conference info here. Conference schedule is here.
  • Save the date: May 19 is Malcolm X’s birthday and celebrated by two important community-wide events. First, there’s an annual pilgrimage to his gravesite at Ferncliff Cemetery that’s organized by the Sons and Daughters of Afrika and the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee. There’s a powerful ceremony at the grave. Buses leave from the State Office Building in Harlem at 9:45 AM sharp! They return around 2 PM. There’s a small donation. Details/links forthcoming.
  • Later in the day, the December 12th Movement holds a rally at the same State Office Building at 12 noon and then a march across 125th St from approx 1-3 PM to close local businesses in observance of Malcolm’s birthday. Details/links forthcoming.

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