-- have read the bio material on Marie Evans (Norton,
pp.1850), and poems "Status Symbol" and "I Am a Black Woman"
-- have read the bio material on Sonia Sanchez (Norton, pp.1963), and poems "homecoming," "Summer Words of a Sistuh Addict," and "excerpt from A Blues Book for Blue Black Magical Women (Norton pp.1964, 1966). [The Norton CD2, track 11, is Sanchez reading "Summer Words of a Sistuh Addict."]
-- have read the bio material on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Norton pp.1985) and "Letter from Birmingham Jail" (Norton pp.1896).
-- have read the bio material on Malcom X (Norton pp.1859) and and excerpt from The Atobiography of Malcom X (Norton pp.1860).
I advise you also to start reading ahead on the last two long pieces for the semester: Amiri Baraka's two-act play Dutchman (N pp.1946-60) for next week, and Toni Morrison's novel The Bluest Eye for week 15. Don't leave these until the end and then try to cram them in with everything else you're doing at the end of the semester.
»»WEEK 14 (4/25 - 4/29/05)
-- have read Audre Lorde's essay "Poetry Is Not a Luxury" (N
-- quiz on Evans, Sanchez, King Jr. and Malcom X
-- have read and be ready to discuss Amiri Baraka's two-act play Dutchman. It's highly unconventional (in keeping with the Black Arts Movement) and may take a while to wrap your head around. Take your time reading it, and let it work its funky mojo. Try thinking of the events of the play figuratively rather than literally -- what do the characters, their actions, and their words represent?
-- have read Nikki Giovanni's poems T.B.A.
»» next week, Toni Morison's The Bluest Eye