AFN 152: Modern Black Political Thought

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AFN 152, which is cross-listed as POL 152, is not about history or autobiographical literature.  It is, as the name suggests, about the political reflections of people of African descent throughout the African diaspora; it is about the dual problems of racism and white supremacy in the schizophrenic modern world and how people of African descent have responded to them at the theoretical level.

This is the official course description: "The origins of nationalist ideologies and political and social action in the United States, Caribbean, and Africa are examined.  Political and economic developments since the late 19th century are analyzed."

These are the materials that we usually cover:


"Traditional Political Ideas: Their Relevance to Development in Contemporary Africa" by Kwame Gykye; PDF

"On African Homelands and Nation-States, Negritude, Assimilation, and African Socialism" by Leopold Senghor; PDF

"Ujamaa: The Basis of African Socialism" by Julius K. Nyerere; PDF

"Feminism and Revolution" by Awa Thiam; PDF

Selections from I Write What I Like by Steve Biko; PDF

Film: The Life and Death of Steve Biko

"Beyond Pessimism to Optimism: In Love with Africa" by Elias K. Bongmba; PDF


"The Call of Providence to the Descendants of Africa in America" by Edward W. Blyden; PDF

"The Future as I See It" by Marcus Garvey; PDF

"Every Cook Can Govern" by C.L.R. James; PDF

Selections from Discourse on Colonialism by Amié Césaire; PDF

Selections from The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon; PDF

Film: Frantz Fanon: His Life, His Struggle, His Work

"Some Questions of Development" by Walter Rodney; PDF


"What the Black Man Wants" by Frederick Douglass; PDF

"Womanhood: A Vital Element in the Regeneration and Progress of a Race" by Anna Julia Cooper; PDF

"Atlanta Exposition Address" by Booker T. Washington; PDF

"Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others" by W.E.B. Du Bois; PDF

"The Ballot or the Bullet" by Malcolm X; PDF

Film: Malcolm X: Make It Plain

"Nonviolence: The Only Road to Freedom" by Martin Luther King, Jr.; PDF

"A More Perfect Union" by Barack Obama; PDF

"Democracy, Social Change, and Civil Engagement" by Angela Y. Davis; PDF

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