A Companion to African-American Studies (Blackwell by Jane Anna Gordon

By Jane Anna Gordon

The better half to African-American reviews is a groundbreaking re-appraisal of the heritage and way forward for African American reports. every one unique essay via knowledgeable pupil within the box covers its subject with authority and readability. This booklet is a definitive intervention at a severe time within the heritage of race family members and within the educational box of race and ethnic reviews. Bringing jointly a stunning array of demonstrated and emergent voices, the better half opens with a chain of reflections from those that waged pitched battles to set up African American reports as a bona fide educational self-discipline. scholars and students of the sector will locate this to be a thrilling and complete evaluate, and a terrific source for research and additional learn.

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12 This is a theme in many of the chapters of this volume, but see especially those in Part II. 13 We would like to thank Kenneth Knies for this observation in discussions of these concepts. 14 Consider, for instance, the etymology of “theory,” which is the Greek word theoria (to view). The relationship of this word to another Greek word, theos or theus or Zeus (all of which mean “god”), reveals the kind of viewing this concept involves. Should one be able to see the world as a god or God would see it, one would see the way things are; one’s view would, in other words, be identical to the truth.

Indeed, a change was gonna come! We drove into New Haven on a summer’s day, geographically unsophisticated and dazed at the sight of urban possibilities. We had come to assume our first jobs – I as an instructor of English at Yale. My wife was to serve as an itinerant Speech and Language Clinician in the New Haven Public Schools. ” Summer was noisily coming to an end. Yale students were filling “Old Campus” dormitories and suites of various residential colleges. We spruced up our tiny apartment, filled our bookshelves with sturdily recognizable titles, and hunkered down for the opening bell.

We demand a program sufficient to address the black urban needs of ‘the people’ of New Haven and the United States as a whole. ” It came out in a single breath. I was proud to have stoked the meeting. On the effects of Black “unity” and the Negro’s articulation of Black Studies requirements Professor Mintz was all flush and flabbergast. He was a’sputter, caught without map or compass. Clearly, I was not the “Negro” (or native) he had expected. In fact, I suspect I was a “Negro” he had never seen before.

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