Black Studies 6 Winter 2010
Civil Rights Movement
T-R 3:30-4:45 Gevirtz 1004
Office Hours W 1-3 in 3704 South Hall
“When I speak of integration, I don’t mean a romantic mixing of colors, I
mean a real sharing of power and responsibility.”
-- Martin Luther King, Jr., A Testament of Hope
“Of course it is difficult to maintain the faith and keep working toward
the new time if you’ve had no experience of it, not seen ordinary people
actually transform selves and societies.
-- Toni Cade Bambara, “What It Is I Think I’m Doing Anyhow,” 161
This is a course about the Black struggle for freedom and justice in the middle of the
We explore an era when ordinary people took history into their own
hands to struggle for new human possibilities and to create new democratic institutions.
They battled to desegregate schools and public accommodations, to secure the right to
vote, and to ban discrimination in employment and housing. This broad based struggle
repeatedly threw forth new ideas, new forms of organization, new leaders, and new
commitments to broadening democratic participation in national life. It generated new
goals as it went along that went beyond struggles for rights and resources.
demands for a fully realized human existence. This social movement deployed diverse
methods, encompassing nonviolent direct action protest and armed self defense, political
coalition building and community-based self help, humble religious witnessing and
flamboyant cultural self-affirmation.
For the next ten weeks, we will explore the origins,
evolution, and effects of that struggle on U.S. society and the world.
(Available at the University Center Bookstore)
Chana Kai Lee, For Freedom’s Sake
George Breitman, Malcolm X Speaks
Kwame Ture and Charles Hamilton, Black Power
Peniel E. Joseph, Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour