Posted by: profe | February 8, 2019


This week we’ll learn a little bit more about the life and career of Martin Luther King Jr. after Montgomery. We’ll also begin our study youth-led movements of the early Sixties, in particular the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, better known as SNCC (pronounced “Snick”).

On Tuesday we’ll have our regular, in-class collective discussion. The readings are 4 chapters from two classic historical texts: chapters 1 and 2 from In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s (DCR 6) and chapters 8 and 9 from I’ve Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle (DCR 7).  As always, prepare yur discussion questions and prompts,

For Tuesday’s class you are also expected to watch a documentary called “Freedom Riders.” It tells the thrilling story of youth activists and their bold attempt to desegregate the interstate bus system. To access the film, login to Sakai and access our class site; click “Video 47” form the menu; and then then select your preference for playback. Your browser will need to run Flash in order to play the video.

On Thursday we’ll have a longer lecture on SNCC and a less formal discussion on another reading, King’s “Letter From a Birmingham Jail.”  One of the most famous pieces of writing in 20th century U.S. politics, it (and the letter to which King was responding) can be accessed online.

Have a great weekend!


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