For March 9: the Crisis of Leadership

Important announcements

  • ADDED CLASS MEETING on Wed. March 9 to cover Chapter 31 of Blueprint that we didn’t get to this week!
  • Start working on your presentation of a chapter of Wilson with your partner (see updated sheet on the assignments page for the date/chapter/partner) and meet with your org if it’s already approved or finalize details if we’re still finding you a spot
  • We’ll be meeting alternate weeks during most of March/April to allow some extra time for fieldwork assignments. See schedule on the syllabus with any changes announced in class and posted in the weekly updates (like this one)
  • Classes are now archived on the archive page in case your Internet fails or you have to miss a session

Highlights from 3/2 class: 

  • Presentation on Amos Wilson by Sababu Plata, editor and publisher of Wilson’s books at Afrikan World Info Systems
  • Intro to chapter 31 (Crisis of Leadership)

What to do for Wed. March 9: 

Read Chapter 31, “The Crisis of Leadership” in Amos Wilson’s Blueprint for Black Power: pages 824-859. Here are some questions to guide your reading:

  • What are the key ideological orientations of leadership Wilson identifies?
  • What are the weaknesses/strengths of each?
  • How does Wilson define nationalism and what type does he call for?
  • Why the need (in Wilson’s mind) for Black Nationalist-oriented leaders?

Pay particular attention to Wilson’s critique of and analysis of nationalism at the end of the chapter in the section “Contemporary Black Nationalism: Absence of Organization, Creed, and Plans.” Think about (if?) this relates to the current situation more broadly and examples/evidence of these issues. Focus on this part and think about how this might apply to your organizations this semester. What parts of this do they do well? What do they do poorly? What might they do better?

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