February 12/19: Organization and Ethnic Resources

February 12 is the Presidents’ Day holiday: class does not meet. Work on setting up your internship for the semester if you haven’t settled on an organization yet. If I’ve approved your choice, you can start working with them. See the updated list on the Fieldwork page for ideas

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?


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