History 3030: African American History (From enslavement to the present)
“Resisting State Violence: Race, Policing, and Social Justice in Twentieth Century America”
This course introduces students to the history of policing and incarceration and their relationship to the politics of race, gender, and sex from the Civil Rights Era to the Present. This course analyzes the dialectics of state oppression and resistance in historical context. We will analyze various struggles against mass incarceration, policing, and surveillance. Additionally, students will create their own policy or artistic responses to the criminalization of people of color and mass incarceration.
“Debating Justice, Politics, and Culture in Black America: From the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter”
In “Debating Justice, Politics, and Culture in Black America: From the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter,” we will use post-World War II African American history to learn college writing skills. Barack Obama’s election in 2008, the maturation of hip hop culture, the Ferguson uprisings, and the rise of the #BlackLivesMatter movement are recent developments that have thrust race relations into current public discourse. We will learn how scholars, activists, journalists, and bloggers use history to construct and advance persuasive arguments to various audiences. Essentially, this course poses the question: What is the role of history in the present? Debating Justice, Politics, and Culture in Black America will provide an opportunity to learn how to use post-World War II African American History to think historically and comment on contemporary debates about race relations.
Activities & Resources
“Teaching In a Polarized Political Climate Workshop” (2017)
“Teaching in the Era of Black Lives Matter,” Nursing Clio, August 23, 2016
Political Writing, Organizing, and Institutional Building
Students assemble in groups and form their own civil rights or black power organizations. They have to explain their organization’s ideology, tactics, strategies, and goals.
POC Campus Activism Bibliography
Public bibliography inspired by student protests at the University of Michigan, UCLA, Yale, University of Missouri, and other colleges and universities.