Week of May 1: (Night class) Assata Shakur’s Autobiography, continued


  • Keep working on the last written assignment of the semester. Download yours from the assignments page if you’ve misplaced yours. It’s due Tuesday May 8.
  • For anyone interested, I’m teaching Intro to Africana Studies (AAS 166) in the fall on Wednesday nights from 6-8:40 PM. Section XW81. Search by my name or the course/section in CUNYFirst. It satisfies the “World Cultures and Global Issues” core requirement and is a gateway to a major (or minor) in Africana Studies.

This week we continue with our last book of the semester, the autobiography of Assata Shakur. For Tuesday May 1, read chapters 4-7 (70-130). Again, make sure to pay attention to the various poems she includes in the story on page 130 (“Love”). Think also about the themes that you should now be able to identify that we’ve been working on all semester. Note specific places in the book where they appear and mark them in your text.

Presentation by Scarlet, Leonor, and Jon

For Thursday May 3 

For Thursday May 3 Read chapters 8-12 (pages 131 to 194).

Pay close attention to the following:

* Poems “Stranger” (140), “Leftovers” (147), “Culture” (159), and “To My Mama” (193). Again, what do they add to the narrative? What insight do they give you about Assata’s inner thoughts?
* Also think about her Fourth of July address on pages 167-170.
* What spaces/ neighborhoods does she move through? Note them and how each of them either shapes the story and what it means to Assata.
* Keep track of major themes that emerge in the story as you read. It’s a good idea to mark examples of them in the text and make a small note in your notebook.
* Finally, go back through your notes and start making a list of all the themes that we’ve seen this semester. It will be a good start to preparing for the final.
* Doing a good job of reading/notetaking here will pay off when it comes to the final exam. This will be one thing you know well and won’t have to study for.