This course is designed to demonstrate the importance of local and global civic engagement, one of the Black Studies program's primary tenets. It utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to examine the evolution of Black philosophy and the major theories that have provided the foundations of Black Studies as a discipline. Through these examinations the course seeks to develop a utilization of these theories and philosophies towards restorative justice for the global Black community.
Students engage in extensive readings in the origins of African intellectual genealogies, evolutions of resistance, black art and philosophy, and Afrofuturism. Authors such as Thiongo, Armah, Butler, and Asante are analyzed in the contexts of on-going African and African American struggles for liberation from all forms of oppression.