Thursday, April 24, 2008

For Week 13

*Note: For PGCC students "2215" (M, 6 - 9pm), the following assignments are posted for you all to address after our class this coming Monday (4.28.08). Essentially, you all do not have to do any new readings for this coming Monday, other than what has already been assigned. Also, everyone's WELL DEVELOPED Final Research Project (FRP) outlines of sections one (Introduction to Philosophy), two ("The" History of Philosophy) and three (The Emergence of Africana Philosophy) are due on Monday.

Week 13

Gathering Africana Philosophy, cont.

  • For Monday: Read the last chapter of Kwame Nkrumah’s text (1965) “Neocolonialism, the Last State of Imperialism;" read excerpt from Frantz Fannon’s “Wretched of the Earth” (Eze). Optional! For those that would like to learn more about the Cold War, political and economic, challenges that Nkrumah faced in Ghana, do not hesitate to see the BBC webcast below, "Black Power"...

  • For Wednesday: Read about what Dr. King called the “Triple Evils” plaguing humanity (War, Poverty and Racism); listen/view/read Dr. King's "infamous" (1967) address “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence;" and read about Dr. King’s axiological conception of “The Beloved Community."
  • For Friday: Listen to Malcolm X’s speech (Warning! this speech may be interpreted as very offensive and provocative, due to the occasional use of sensational language, as such, listening to this audiocast is optional, but representative of a very influential stream in Africana praxis of old and new) “Message to the Grassroots” OR read the charter of his political organization the “Program of the Organization of Afro-American Unity;" and read the "10 Point Program" of the Black Panther Party (BPP). Instead of turning in an outline for this week, be ready to take a Learning Assessment on the week's texts and focus your energies on turning in an optional draft of your FRP for review and five extra credit points on Monday (May 5, 2008).
Optional Resources
  • For those that would like to learn more about the political, economic and conceptual emergence of "Black Power," do not hesitate to either listen to (the audiocast) or read a transcription of the the grounding text by the Pan-Africanist Kwame Ture (formerly Stokely Carmichael) on "Black Power."
  • For those that would like to learn more about the BPP, do not hesitate to view the following webcast of Bobby Seal, the co-founder of the BPP organization, speaking in 2005 about the origins, values and ideals of the BPP:

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