Dr. Sherie M. Randolph
This course examines the Civil Rights Movement in the United States during the 20th century. The Civil Rights Movement was a struggle for human rights directly challenging the nation to extend its democratic principles and citizenship to African Americans. This course examines the day-to-day community organizing that created and sustained this struggle for full enfranchisement. As a class we will also examine the violent repression and opposition to African Americans quest for basic human rights and citizenship. Using a wide range of materials, we will explore the movement’s origins and make a close study of the critical issues, events, ideologies, strategies, organizations, and activists of the period. Students will read both secondary and primary sources including historical monographs, biographies, speeches by movement activists, and documents from Civil Rights Movement organizations. To supplement information from the readings, we will watch documentary films that provide a visual representation of the period and an alternative interpretive frames for understanding its history.