May 4: The Candidate Selection Process

Amiri Baraka at the 1972 National Black Political Convention in Gary IN

Important announcements

  • See the assignments page for posted instructions for the the final individual presentation on class on May 11
  • We returned to weekly meetings starting April 27. See schedule on the syllabus with any changes announced in class and posted in the weekly updates (like this one)
  • Prof. Williams Zoom live chat hours: Tuesdays from 6-8 PM! on Zoom here. Or call: +1 929 205 6099 then add meeting ID: 528 450 5381

Highlights from 4/27 class: 

What to do for Wed. May 4: 

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?

Chapter presentation by Atyana and Mia

Watch to the following 8-minute interview with Charles Barron (Go to the direct link on Youtube if you don’t see the video embedded below.) Think about how Barron approaches the electoral process and how it relates to Wilson’s vision in the chapter.

 

What’s next:

  • Wednesday May 4: Chapter 10–The Candidate Selection Process, presentation by Mia and Atyana
  • Wednesday May 11: Final class meeting. Student final presentations, reflection

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