Monday, May 10, 2010

Individual Presentations: Guidelines and Schedule

Celebrating Lena Horne (1917-2010)

Hi, class,

I am making a few modifications to the individual presentation guidelines. Please note the changes. You will be responsible for delivering a brief presentation (5-7 minutes maximum) on one of the readings from The Black Past, the online reference guide to African American history (click on link at left). The objective of the assignment is to present the work in such a way as to heighten the class’s interest in learning more about the author or the topic presented in the text.

You must provide a brief overview of the piece, as well as some analysis as to why you think the work is of continuing literary/historic value. Please provide a one-page handout with one or two passages which exemplify the major theme of the piece. This handout should include 1 or 2 educational/scholarly links  to more information about the author (such as an online bibliography, collected works, etc.).

A 5-minute presentation is approximately 2 double-spaced typed pages. You may prefer to write out your presentation or you may work from notes. Time yourself and rehearse so that you may give a polished, professional presentation--I will stop the presentation at 5 minutes. Be prepared to answer additional questions from the instructor and your classmates on the topic of your presentation. Below is the schedule of readings. Class will begin with the delivery of the presentations, so please come to class on time on the date of your presentation.

*There will be no make-up allowed for this presentation, which is worth 10 points.*

Tuesday, 5/11
Gilan Abrams: Frederick Douglass, "If There is No Struggle, There is No Progress" (1857)
Onyinyechi Ubaechu: John S. Rock, "I Will Sink or Swim with My Race" (1858)
Samuel Nash: Frederick Douglass, "Men of Color, To Arms!" (1863)

Thursday, 5/13
Michele Spears: Hiram Revels, "The End of Segregated Schools" (1871)
Steadman Channer, Jr.: Frances E.W. Harper, "The Great Problem to be Solved" (1875)
Karima McGhee: John F. Bruce, "Reasons Why the Colored Man Should Go to Africa" (1877)

Tuesday, 5/18
Kateia Wade: Ferdinand Barnett, "Race Unity" (1879)
Marcus Hulin: Lucy Parsons, "I Am an Anarchist" (1886)
Syeda Fatima: Frederick Douglass, "On Woman Suffrage" (1888)
Daveenah McCallum: Anna Julia Cooper, "Women's Cause is One and Universal" (1893)
William Snell: John H. Smyth, "The African in Africa and the African in America" (1895)

Thursday, 5/20
Makeda Moses: Ida B. Wells, "Lynch Law in All Its Phases" (1893)
Christopher Smith: Booker T. Washington, "The Atlanta Compromise Speech" (1895)
Betty Patterson-Pearson: W.E.B.Du Bois: "To the Nations of the World" (1900)
June Joseph: Mary Church Terrell, "In Union There is Strength" (1897)
Anatali SaintLouis: Alexander Crummell, "The Attitude of the American Mind..." (1898)

Tuesday, 5/25
Samantha Braham: Lucy Craft Laney, "The Burden of the Educated Colored Woman" (1899)
Nathan Odotei: Mary Church Terrell, "What it Means to be Colored..." (1906)
Donna Banks: Ida B. Wells, "This Awful Slaughter" (1909)
Fatima Robinson: William Pickens, "The Kind of Democracy the Negro Expects" (1919)
Natasha Armand: Archibald Grimke, "The Shame of America..." (1920)
Thursday, 5/27
Athina Johnson: Marcus Garvey, "The Principles of the U.N.I.A." (1922)
Safiyyah A. Muhammad: James Weldon Johnson, "Our Democracy and the Ballot" (1923)

Tuesday, 6/1
Jamal Watts: Ralph J. Bunche, "The Barriers of Race Can Be Surmounted" (1949)
Phara Saintlouis: Charlotta Bass, "Acceptance Speech for V-Presidential Candidate" (1952) 
Judy Harris: Malcolm X, "Exhorting Afro-Americans to Confront White Oppression" (1965)

Thursday, 6/3
Judith Nwoso: Bayard Rustin, "From Protest to Politics" (1965)
Nakisha Johnson: Stokely Carmichael, "Definitions of Black Power" (1966)
Stacy Gordon: Shirley Chisolm, "I Am for the Equal Rights Amendment" (1970)
Tiffany Horn: Barbara Jordan: "Who, Then, Will Speak to the Common Good?" (1976)

1 comment:

  1. I am VERY excited about my presentation.
    Voting rights, fairness, impartiality and the choice to vote or not to vote is a very important subject matter that Blacks, in particular, struggle with continuously.