This course is designed for those looking to gain a preliminary understanding of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements in combination with a more general discussion of the ideas of anti-racism, pacifism/non-violence, and militancy. We will be viewing Eyes on the Prize in 1-hour increments. Eyes on the Prize isan award-winning 14-hour television series produced by Blackside and narrated by Julian Bond. Through contemporary interviews and historical footage, the series covers all of the major events of the civil rights and Black Power movements from 1954-1985. Series topics range from the Montgomery bus boycott in 1954 to the Voting Rights Act in 1965; from community power in schools to Black Power in the streets; from early acts of individual courage to the emergence of a mass movement and its eventual split.
We will hold discussion directly following each screening, which will be supplemented by optional readings. While each session is open to all, we would like to encourage people to come consistently in order to have an ongoing discussion that addresses what we've cumulatively gained form tracing this history.It should be noted that this course is being led by white activists who are interested in understanding the civil rights movement both as a way of developing anti-racist/solidarity practices and also in order to better understand the historical origins of tactics employed in all forms of justice organizing.
6:30-9:00pm every other Sunday evening at Mayday Books beginning February 21, 2010.