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 before the 60’s

Billie Holiday, Strange Fruit

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

Nina Simone, Four Women

Nina Simone, Strange Fruit

Music from the 70’s

Gil Scott-Heron, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Music from the 90’s

Queen Latifah, U.N.I.T.Y.

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

Lauryn Hill, Mystery Of Iniquity

KRS-One, Sound of da Police


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-)