AAST 249: Black Freedom Movements in the United States

several people marching while holding picket signs

Black Social Movements┬átraces the social, political and cultural strategies that African Americans have used to fight against oppression and inequality. Starting with the struggle against slavery by both enslaved and free-born blacks, we look at organized examples of activism as well as individual acts of courage and resistance. This course seeks to go beyond the standard narratives of the civil rights movement to uncover the lesser known or hidden stories of the black freedom struggle. These might include black labor activism, black women’s reform and club movement, black Communists, black feminist and queer organizing, and the role of arts and culture in social movements. We include discussion of contemporary activist movements.