American Studies 252g: Black Social Movements in the U.S.

In this course, we examine historical and contemporary black movements for freedom, justice, equality, autonomy and self-determination.  Beginning with the struggles of Africans to destroy or escape from the system of slavery, we consider a wide range of movements, including labor, civil rights, radical feminism, socialism and communism, reparations, Black Nationalism, and hip hop as a political movement.  We will explore, among other things, how movements were formed and sustained; the social and historical contexts for their emergence and demise; the impact they might have had on power, on participants in the movement, on the community at large, and on a people’s vision of a liberated future.

Concurrent enrollment: WRIT 140.
Fulfills GE Category VI.