AFR 123 provides first-year students with an overview of the African American struggle for freedom, justice and equal opportunity from colonial times to the present. By studying the African origins of African Americans and the impact of slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, black migration and urbanization, the Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Black Lives Matter movements, the course connects ideas of personal freedom and justice to the lives of today’s students. The concept and manifestation of racial discrimination and oppression will be explored. While examining these issues, students will develop critical inquiry, effective writing and communication, peer collaboration, and planning and goal setting skills.
By the end of this course, students will be able to: