* AAS 321 / REL 321 (HA)
Black Power and Its Theology of Liberation
This course examines the various pieties of the Black Power Era. We chart the explicit and implicit utopian visions of the politics of the period that, at once, criticized established black religious institutions and articulated alternative ways of imagining salvation. We also explore the attempt by black theologians to translate the prophetic black church tradition into the idiom of black power. Our aim is to keep in view the significance of the Black Power era for understanding the changing role and place of black religion in black public life.
Sample reading list:
Kwame Ture and Charles Hamilton, Black Power: The Politics of Liberation in America
Frantz Fanon, The Wretched Earth
James Cone, Black Theology and Black Power
James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
William Van DeBurg, New Day in Babylon
See instructor for complete list
Students will be responsible for reading assignments carefully before class. Students will also be responsible for a tangible form of engagement with the texts such as a sketch outline, random notes or written summary.
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 40%
Other is Final Group Research Project. The "Group Research Project" is the construction of a web page based on collective study of a topic.
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