Black Matters: Introduction to Black Studies

Malcolm X holds up a newspaper which reads, "Our Freedom Can't Wait"

Malcolm X holding up a copy of his newspaper “Muhammad Speaks” which reads “Our Freedom Can’t Wait,” at a podium addressing a crowd at a Black Muslim rally in New York City in 1963. This image is in the public domain. From Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, NYWT&S Collection, LC-USZC2-5832.


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24.912 / WGS.190 / 21H.106 / 21L.008 / 21W.741 / 21M.630 / 21A.125

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Spring 2017



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Interdisciplinary survey of people of African descent that draws on the overlapping approaches of history, literature, anthropology, legal studies, media studies, performance, linguistics, and creative writing. This course connects the experiences of African-Americans and of other American minorities, focusing on social, political, and cultural histories, and on linguistic patterns.

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Michel DeGraff. 24.912 Black Matters: Introduction to Black Studies. Spring 2017. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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