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Leading Class Discussion: Pairs

September T 8 Bernstein, Introduction and Chapter 1 from Racial Innocence. Joel Chandler Harris, "Introduction," "Uncle Remus initiates the Little Boy," and "The Wonderful Tar-Baby Story" from Uncle Remus: His Songs and Sayings (1880) [W]; Julius Lester, "Introduction" (by Augusta Baker), "Brer Rabbit comes to Dinner," and "Brer Rabbit and the Tar-Baby," from The Tales of Uncle Remus (1987) [C]. Recomended resources (peruse these): "Uncle Remus and the Tar Baby" [W]. Leading Class Discussion: Jonathan Blake & Becca Rowe.
  Th 10 U.S. Supreme Court, Plessy vs. Ferguson (1896) [W]; Bernstein, Chapter 2 from Racial Innocence; Helen Bannerman, Little Black Sambo (1899) [R]; E. W. Kemble, A Coon Alphabet (1898) [W]. Leading Class Discussion: Adena Weiser & Abby Kopp.
Th 24 Bishop, Free Within Ourselves, Chapter 3; Langston Hughes and Arna Bontemps, Popo and Fifina: Children of Haiti (1932); Smith, Children’s Literature of the Harlem Renaissance, Chapter 5.Leading Class Discussion: Chris Comer & Meredith Clark.
October T 13 Ruth Benedict, Gene Weltfish, & UPA, In Henry's Backyard: The Races of Mankind (1948); Hildegarde Hoyt Swift and Lynd Ward, North Star Shining: A Pictorial History of the American Negro (1947) [both R]. Lorraine and Jerrold Beim, Two Is a Team (1945) [C]. Leading Class Discussion: Kaitlin Downing & Lauren Rowe.
T 20 Martin, Brown Gold, Chapter 3; Bishop, Free Within Ourselves, Chapter 6; Julius Lester, "High John the Conqueror," from Black Folktales, illus. Tom Feelings (1969) [R]; Lucile Clifton, The Black BC's (1970) [R]; Muriel Feelings, Moja Means One: Swahili Counting Book, illus. Tom Feelings (1971) [R]; Muriel Feelings, Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Counting Book, illus. Tom Feelings (1974) [R].Leading Class Discussion: Niki Bernett & Roxana Loza.
T 27 Bernstein, Chapter 5 from Racial Innocence. Carolivia Herron and Joe Cepeda, Nappy Hair (1988) [R]; Ysaye M. Barnwell and Synthia Saint James, No Mirrors in My Nana's House (1998) [R]; Martin, Brown Gold, Chapter 6. Tom Feelings, Middle Passage (1995) [R]; Jon Oyne Lockard, Ebony Sea (1995) [R]. Leading Class Discussion: Maria Ruiz & Allyson Koziol.
November T 3 Taylor, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, to end.Leading Class Discussion: Kristen Hermreck & Gloria Mills.
  T 10 Walter Dean Myers, Monster (1999), through p. 151; Michelle Alexander, excerpt from The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness [C]; Franzek & Noll, "Monstrous Acts: Problematizing Violence in Young Adult Literature" [C].Leading Class Discussion: Kynsey Creel & Emily Allan.
  Th 19 Virginia Hamilton, And the People Could Fly: American Black Folktales, illus. Leo and Diane Dillon (1985); Faith Ringgold, Tar Beach (1991); Christopher Myers, Wings (2000) [R]; Walter Dean Myers and Christopher Myers, Harlem (1997) [R]; Bryan Collier, Uptown (2000) [R]; Bishop, Chapter 10 (pp. 205-211).Leading Class Discussion: Tiffany Addams & Johanna Brockhoff.
December T 1 Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming (2014). Leading Class Discussion: Haley Lively & Courtney Flanery.
Th 3 Marilyn Nelson, A Wreath for Emmett Till (2005); Anne Scott MacCleod, "Writing Backward: Modern Models in Historical Fiction" (1998) [W]; Karen Chandler, "Preserving 'that Racial Memory': Figurative Language, Sonnet Sequence, and the Work of Remembrance in Marilyn Nelson's A Wreath for Emmett Till," Southern Quarterly 45.4 (2008) [C]. Leading Class Discussion: Melanie Dunlap & Brittany Roberts.
  T 8 Zetta Elliott, A Wish After Midnight (2010), through Chapter 11. Leading Class Discussion: Kasey Criser & Oliva Swalley.



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