Rethinking Theory in Black Studies: Ideology (University of Illinois)


This is the first of a five part lecture series on the theory of Black Studies. This first lecture covers the history of Black Studies, Communist and Socialist thought. Abdul Alkalimat talks about the history of black studies in America, the paradigm shift that occurred when Malcolm X delivered his three Detroit Speeches, and the need for black studies in the present day.

Sponsored by the Department of African American Studies, and Online & Continuing Education, this course is an introduction to various theories and methodologies rising out of the study of the Black world based on African American intellectual traditions. 45 years after Black Power posed a challenge to thinking by and about the African American experience it is necessary to rethink this legacy of changing consciousness. This is both a look at the theoretical formulations in the academic field of Black Studies, but more importantly it is thinking about how people can understand and be more self determining about consciousness and reorient themselves to the fight for freedom.

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