The material below imitates and builds on the original syllabus of the class through which this website was created. Like the class curriculum, this syllabus provides a jumping-off point, a framework for deeper exploration. This concept is modeled on the Ferguson Syllabus and the Trump Syllabus 3.0, which are collections meant to guide and inform readers on the underpinnings of these issues. This syllabus is by no means a comprehensive list, but serves as a reference point for other exploration of the archive.

Blogposts & Such

Alicia Garza, “A Herstory of Black Lives Matter”


Angela Davis, Angela Davis – an Autobiography
John Lewis, Walking With the Wind
Anne Moody, Coming of Age in Mississippi


Martha Biondi, The Black Revolution on Campus
Stefan M. Bradley, Harlem vs Columbia University: Black Student Power in the late 1960s
Clayborne Carson, In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s
William Chafe, Civilities and Civil Rights
Robert Cohen, When the Old Left Was Young
Gerald De Groot, Student Protest: the Sixties and After 
Donald Alexander Downs, Cornell, ’69: Liberalism and the Crisis of the American University
Stephanie Evans, Black Women in the Ivory Tower
William Exum, Paradoxes of Protest: Black Student Activism in a White University
Roderick Ferguson, We Demand
Roderick Ferguson, The Reorder of Things
Wayne Glasker, Black Students in the Ivory Tower
Ibram H. Kendi, The Black Campus Movement
Shirletta J. Kinchen, Black Power in the Bluff City: African American Youth and Student Activism in Memphis, 1965-1975
Rayford Logan, The New Negro on Campus
James P. Marshall, Student Activism and Civil Rights in Mississippi
Richard P.McCormick, Black Student Protest Movement at Rutgers
Leigh Raiford, Imprisoned in the Luminous Glare
Shana L. Redmond, Anthem: Social Movements and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora
Fabio Rojas, From Black Power to Black Studies
Noliwe Rooks, White Money, Black Power
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation
Alford Young, Revolt of the Privileged

Music from the 60’s

Mahalia Jackson, We Shall Overcome
Vivian Green, Oh Freedom
Bob Dylan, The Times They Are A- Changin
Bebe Winans, Lift Every Voice and Sing
Billie Holiday, Strange Fruit
John Coltrane, Alabama
Sam Cooke, A Change is Gonna Come
The Freedom Riders, Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn You Round
James Brown,  Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud
Mahalia Jackson, How I Got Over
Joan Baez, Birmingham Sunday
Nina Simone, Mississippi Goddam
Barry McGuire, Eve of Destruction
The Beatles, I Want To Hold Your Hand
Marvin Gaye, What’s Going On
The Four Seasons, Big Girls Don’t Cry
Aretha Franklin, Respect
The Rolling Stones, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
Phil Ochs, Draft Dodger Rag
Marvin Gaye, I Heard It Through the Grapevine
Stevie Wonder, Black Man

Contemporary Music 
Beyoncé, Lemonade (Album)
Prince, Baltimore
Kendrick Lamar, The Blacker the Berry
Kendrick Lamar, King Kunta
Kendrick Lamar, How Much Does A Dollar Cost
Kendrick Lamar, Alright
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
Killer Mike, Reagan
Black Star Ft. Common, Respiration
Black Star, Thieves in the Night
John Legend Ft. Common, Glory
Pharrell Williams, Runnin’
Pharrell Williams, Freedom
Pharrell Williams, Able
Michael Jackson, Man in the Mirror
Solange, A Seat at the Table
Talib Kweli, Get By
Talib Kweli, Listen!!!
Dead Prez, Hip Hop
Nas ft. Lauryn Hill, If I Ruled the World
J. Cole, 4 Your Eyes Only
India Arie, I Am Not My hair
India Arie, Because I am a Queen
Angie Stone, Brotha


Spike Lee, Dir., Four Little Girls
Henry Hampton, Prod., Eyes on the Prize
Ava DuVernay, The 13th 
The Talk: Race in America (2016)

Contemporary Films

Freedom Riders (2010)
The Black Power Mixtape (2011)
The Butler (2013)
Selma (2014)
Dear White People (2014)
What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)
Moonlight (2016)
Loving (2016)
I Am Not Your Negro (2017)
Get Out (2017)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017)

Television Shows

Girlfriends (2000-2008)
The Proud Family (2001-2005)
The Bernie Mac Show (2001-2006)
The Wire (2002- 2008)
Everybody Hates Chris (2005-2009)
Boondocks (2005-2014)
Being Mary Jane (2013-)
Black-ish (2014-)
Survivor’s Remorse (2014-)
Empire (2015-)
Insecure (2016-)
Atlanta (2016-)
The Quad (2016-)
Luke Cage (2016-)
Dear White People (2017-)