For February 23rd: Chapter 2–organizations as resources of power

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For Wednesday February 23rd:

REVIEW the following sections of chapter 2: Religious institutions and power, the institutional Black church, and the spirit of war. Focus on Wilson’s recommendations at the end of the chapter in “the spirit of war”

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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