africana studies short answer assignment


Each student is required to respond to each question as thoroughly as possible, evidencing that you have read and interpreted the reading(s) that address the questions. Try to answer each question in the order in which it is given and to the best of your ability.

Be thorough and creative! Each answer should span no less than two paragraphs or 15 sentences and should be written in Times New Roman 12-point font within 1-inch margins; while I have given the range as a guideline, I am more concerned with the quality of the work instead of the quantity. Write to the best of your ability and in your own words.

1. Who is Dr. Wosene Yefru and what is his relationship with Africana studies at TSU? What is also his discussion of NCBS and ASCAC in relationship to the Africana Studies curricula at TSU? Be sure to read the Introduction of the text, African-centered Critical Thinking.

2.Why does Al-Hadid suggest that TSU was an historically Black institution before 1977? What is the history that Al-Hadid is writing about? Be specific here. Discuss the history of TSU and white faculty, administration and the “Settlement and Merger Periods?” (See Al-Hadid’s article on “Africana Studies at TSU”).

3.Describe the development of the discipline of Black/Africana Studies at Tennessee State University. Why did students want a department and what were factors that kept the department from being granted by the administration during the 1960s? In other words, if the predominately-white (PWI) institutions granted Black/Africana studies programs in the late 60s and early 70s, why did TSU develop a department in the early 90s? Why so late and what was the pushback even into the 1980s and 90s? (See Al-Hadid’s article on “Africana Studies at TSU”).

4. Discuss the thesis (point of article) of Kaila Story’s article and her main argument. What is she charging Black/Africana studies to do and why? Why is this discussion important for her? For full credit you must discuss the point of her article and her rationale for her conclusion. You must also use the gender and sexuality chart discussed in class to explain the point and rationale of Story’s article. (See Kaila Story’s article)

5. Discuss both racial and gender oppression on the plantation in Patricia Hill Collins’ “The Past is Ever Present.” Describe the origin and meaning of the controlling images in the white imagination. Be sure to explain Patricia Hill Collins’ argument in detail. For full credit you must discuss gender and violence on the plantation as well as the normative structure of white masculinity and femininity? Again, use critical thinking and evidence from the readings. For full credit, think about the role of white masculinity in the making of early America.

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