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1 minutes in. 2 minutes in. Carter G. Woodson. Carter Godwin Woodson (December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950)[1] was an African-American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Woodson was one of the first scholars to study African-American history. A founder of Journal of Negro History, Woodson has been cited as the father of black history.[2] Background[edit] Coming from a large, poor family, Carter Woodson could not regularly attend school. Through self-instruction, Woodson mastered the fundamentals of common school subjects by age 17. In 1895, at the age of 20, Woodson entered Douglass High School, where he received his diploma in less than two years. Career in education[edit] From 1903 to 1907, Woodson was a school supervisor in the Philippines.

Convinced that the role of African American history and the history of other cultures was being ignored or misrepresented among scholars, Woodson saw a need for research into the neglected past of African Americans. 13 minutes in. Lesson 8: Richard Wright, Outsider. ENG 343: The American Novel Objectives By the end of this lesson, you should be able to do each of the following without consulting notes or other resources: Summarize the life and literary contributions of Richard Wright.

Insightfully discuss characters, themes, and other features of Native Son. Define or identify relevant terms, names, and dates. Activities Our class activities this week include the following: Think Fast: If you had five minutes alone with Bigger Thomas, what would you say? Presentation: “Richard Wright, Outsider” (Professor Canada) Cooperative Learning: Naturalism: Richard Wright openly acknowledged the influence of naturalism on Native Son.

Politics: Drawing on your knowledge of Wright’s own politics, analyze the treatment of politics in the novel. Protagonist: Analyze Bigger Thomas as the novel’s protagonist. Race: Assess the novel’s treatment of racial issues. Presentation: Richard Wright (Graeme Little) Names and Terms protagonist antagonist expatriate naturalism Resources. Race issues in class terms. About The Harlem liberator. (New York, N.Y.) 1933-1934. 15 minutes in. The Talented Tenth. This article is about the African-American leadership class and W. E. B. Du Bois essay. For the hip-hop album, see Talented 10th. The Talented Tenth is a term that designated a leadership class of African Americans in the early twentieth century. Concept[edit] The phrase "talented tenth" originated in 1896 among Northern white liberals, specifically the American Baptist Home Mission Society, a Christian missionary society strongly supported by John D.

Du Bois used the term "the talented tenth" to describe the likelihood of one in ten black men becoming leaders of their race in the world, through methods such as continuing their education, writing books, or becoming directly involved in social change. Men we shall have only as we make manhood the object of the work of the schools — intelligence, broad sympathy, knowledge of the world that was and is, and of the relation of men to it — this is the curriculum of that Higher Education which must underlie true life.

In his later life, W. 25 minutes in. Carter G. Woodson. Communist Party USA - Eastern PA & DE. The legacy of Benjamin J. Davis Ben Davis was born September 8, 1903, in Dawson, Ga. He grew up in a relatively privileged African American home. His father was the editor and publisher of the Atlanta Independent, a Black paper with a wide distribution throughout the South, and was also a member of the Republican National Committee. Davis attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, then Amherst College in Massachusetts, where he secured his B.A. degree. After finishing law school, in the midst of the Great Depression, Davis returned to Atlanta to practice law.

The Herndon case, like the Scottsboro case, was shrouded in racism. The International Labor Defense headed by William L. Herndon was convicted, but the ongoing campaign of organizations like the ILD led to his early release from prison. As a result of that experience, Davis joined the Communist Party. Putting aside the pursuit of personal wealth and power, Davis dedicated his life to the liberation of his people. Langston Hughes.

James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that "the negro was in vogue", which was later paraphrased as "when Harlem was in vogue".[1] Biography Ancestry and childhood Both of Hughes' paternal great-grandmothers were African-American and both of his paternal great-grandfathers were white slave owners of Kentucky. In 1869 the widow Mary Patterson Leary married again, into the elite, politically active Langston family. Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri, the second child of school teacher Carrie (Caroline) Mercer Langston and James Nathaniel Hughes (1871–1934).[8] Langston Hughes grew up in a series of Midwestern small towns.

Later, Hughes lived again with his mother Carrie in Lincoln, Illinois. Death. Angelo Herndon. Angelo Braxton Herndon (May 6, 1913, Wyoming, Ohio – December 9, 1997, Sweet Home, Arkansas) was an African-American labor organizer arrested and convicted for insurrection after attempting to organize black and white industrial workers alike in 1932 in Atlanta, Georgia. (The prosecution case rested heavily on Herndon's possession of "communist literature".)[1] Early life[edit] Born into a poor family, Angelo Herndon endured racial discrimination.

Herndon received a copy of the Communist Manifesto from a white worker in the Unemployed Councils, a group affiliated with the Communist Party, which led him to get involved with social issues and multiracial organizing. Herndon went to Atlanta as a labor organizer for the Unemployment Council. His involvement with the Communist Party brought him national prominence. Political activism[edit] Notes[edit] Writings[edit] The case of Angelo Herndon New York: Joint Committee To Aid the Herndon Defense, 1935.Let Me Live New York: Random House, 1937. " "8 black boys in a souther jail" Langston Hughes. The Poetry of Langston Hughes. Introduction Langston Hughes was a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance. He wrote powerful poems, articles, short stories and plays, often using Afro-American dialect even when this was frowned upon by some writers. His writings also reflected aspects of Afro-American music, particularly blues and jazz.

He travelled to many parts of the world, including Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, France and several countries in western Africa, the latter when he worked on the crew of a freighter in his youth. Intensely affected by class and national oppression, he was drawn to socialism, although he never joined the Communist Party of the U.S.A. The poems presented here, written in the 1930s, reflect his most revolutionary period. They show both his roots in Afro-American culture as well as his strong internationalist stand. In 1932, Hughes travelled to the Soviet Union as part of a group of 22 young Afro-Americans to take part in a film about Afro-American life in the U.S. George Gruenthal The free?

Revolt! The Scottsboro Boys.