110. Black Women and Liberation

P. Brooks (Africana Studies)
SS, W-INT
Full Course -- 4 Credits
Fall Semester FYSP 110-01 TR 1:30-2:45

This seminar investigates the various ways in which Black women of the 1960s and 1970s in the U.S. and South Africa have served their communities and their freedom movements (e.g., civil rights, anti-apartheid) with an important array of skills, personal and material resources, vision, and will. Until very recently, historians and other scholars (including many feminists) have not seen women at the center of these liberation struggles as the important leaders they have been. What would the history of these movements reveal were the voices of the women themselves not muted and disregarded? Students will be asked to think critically about the properties of women’s leadership, the development of political consciousness, and how Black women view their own activism. We will be examining important primary sources (especially autobiography), developing library skills, and exploring the bridge between community-based activism and intellectual life.