AFRCNA 0031 Week 1 Notes
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FIRST CLASS January 6 2015 Africana Studies 0 Born out of struggle and resistance Time period 0 The 19605 served as both a context and encouragement for the emergence of a student movement which linked itself to these larger struggles for social change both on campus and off Four Basic Thrusts of Student Movement 0 The Civil Rights Movement 0 Break down barriers of legal segregation in public accommodations o Achieve equality and justice for black Americans 0 Organize black Americans into a selfconscious force capable of defining defending and advancing their interested The Free Speech Movement 0 White student led protest against the rigid arbitrary restrictive and unresponsive character of the university 0 The AntiVietnam Way Movement 0 The general students protest against the Vietnam War 0 The Black Power Movement 0 Ushered in a new dialog about power in society and the university 0 Stressed the importance of selfdetermination in three areas culture politics and economic and also emphasized the need for power in achieving and maintaining it 0 Relevant Education an education that was meaningful to the students useful to the community and reflective of the realities of society and the world 0 1968 student union launched a strike Conditions of Emergence Disappointment with civil rights and an unwillingness for outside assistance which was linked two calls for military and Black controlled education 0 The rise of groups such as the Black Panthers in which individuals could learn the intricacies of movement tactics and form strong identification s with nationalist values 0 Creation of foot soldiers the newly admitted Black students who were willing to be active protagonist s on college campuses Philosophical Considerations of Black Studies 0 The critical and persistent truth and meaning in human history and social reality form an African vantage point 0 A depthful intellectual grasp and appreciation of the ancient rich varied and instructive character of the African initiative and experience in the world and of the essential relevance of African culture as a unique and valuable way of being human in the world 0 A rigorous intellectual challenge and alternative to established ways of viewing social and human reality 0 A moral critique and social policy correctives for social constraints in human freedoms and development 0 The cultivation of commitment and contribution to the historical project of creating a just society Operationalizations Discipline a specific branch of knowledge 0 Concept unit of knowledge Paradigm model of an idea or ideas 0 Theory a set of interrelated suppositions that seek to explain a phenomenon 0 Methodology system of methods and principles Interdisciplinary the combining of two or more academic fields for synthesis of information January 8 2015 WHAT IS BLACK STUDIES 0 Black Studies is the critical and systematic study of the thoughts and practice of people of African descent in an emphasis on their current and historical unfolding 0 Call attention to the diverse dynamic of African people 0 African African people in Africa and N America Diaspora The dispersion or scattering of people with a common origin 0 Focuses on the African American initiative in N America 0 Africana studies is a diasporan intellectual reality 0 People of color faced oppression that they had to resist Pan African 0 All Africans and people of African descent Africana studies is the response to the idea of a colonial education which did not include people of African descent throughout the globe Thinkers who understood themselves in both moral and social terms and constantly expressed a commitment to using their knowledge and skills in the service of the people 0 Use their intellectual ideas to influence public policy 0 Ex Dr Martin Luther King Malcolm X and others Precolonial Africa 0 Time period before the arrival of colonialism o This society there was a commitment to learning African Conception of Knowledge Value knowledge not just for knowledge sake but rather knowledge for human sake A relevant education For black studies advocates it was an education which was meaningful useful and reflective of the realities of society and the world Dr Nathan Hare Relevance of the Discipline 1 The need to solve the pressing problems of the Black community society and the world The Afrocentric Paradigm by Ama Mazama Pg 5 It also means viewing the European voice as one among many and not necessarily the wisest voicequot this pushes back against the idea that Europeans had a universal definition of life She challenges the idea of all things European being best for humanity and all things human in terms of intellectual production Argued that most things European were good for Europeans but not for all of humanity Eurocentriceuro centrism Privileging European ideas and culture at the expense of the culture and ideas of people of color Africana studies resists the intellectual hegemony resistance of the colonial project that didn t include the ideas of the African people Black people saw the Eurocentric western cannon saw western studies as resistance to social change The Basic Objectives 1 To teach the black experience in its historical and current unfolding 2 To assemble and create a body of knowledge which was contributive to intellectual and political emancipation 3 To create intellectuals who were dedicated t community service and development 4 The cultivation maintenance and continuous expansion of a mutually beneficial relationship between the campus and the community 5 To establish and reaffirm its position in the academy as a discipline essential to the educational project of a quality education Service Learning Service projects which are engaged in social responsibility that pursue a just society and the expanded possibilities of an equitable world Africana studies is an intellectually egalitarian concept democratic intellectual production should be able to transform those who don t have a voice Grounds of Relevance important 1 It is a definitive contribution to humanity s understanding of itself 2 Contribution to US society s understanding of itself 3 Contribution to the university s realization of its claim and challenge to teach the whole truth or something as close to it as humanly possible 4 A contributor to the rescue and reconstruction of Black history 5 A critical contribution to a new social science 6 Contributes to the development of a socially conscious Black intelligentsia and professional stratum 7 Vital contribution to the critique resistance and reversal of the progressive Europeanization of human consciousness and culture The Mission and Goals of the Discipline Three central areas 0 Cultural grounding Academic excellence 0 Social responsibility Cultural grounding 0 Culture is the foundation and framework for Black Studies Academic excellence 0 Not only the amassing of data but the development of an interpretive capacity to understand and translate the African initiative and experience in the world Social Responsibility 0 Using knowledge to improve the human condition and enhance the human prospect
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