AFRAM 498 A: Special Topics in African American Studies

Black Power on College Campuses

Meeting Time: 
MW 10:30am - 12:20pm
CMU 230
Headshot of a woman wearing glasses. African mudcloth in background.
La TaSha Levy

Additional Details:

What do the Black Panthers have to do with the founding of American Ethnic Studies at UW? This course explores the intellectual arm of the Black Power Movement -- the fight for Black Studies and Ethnic Studies departments in higher education. During the height of the Black Power era, Black students organized sit-ins and petitions that fundamentally transformed colleges and universities all across the nation. This "Black Student Movement" resulted in the teaching of Black Studies, the enrollment of Black students at predominantly white institutions, and the expansion of financial aid. Indeed, American Ethnic Studies was born out of the politics of Black Power.

This course examines both primary sources and secondary texts to understand the connections. Course materials will also explore a parallel movement in South Africa - the Black Consciousness Movement, which was led by students with similar demands to teach Black history and culture as fundamental to any educational experience and as absolutely necessary for liberation.

Catalog Description: 
Topics in which students and faculty have developed an interest as a result of work done in other classes or as a result of the need to investigate in greater depth Afro-American Studies issues. Topics vary.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:10pm