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Teaching “Segregation” and the Black Liberation Movement in the Age of Obama
Freedom Riders Screening/Discussion (2011)
  • Sundiata Keita Cha-Jua

Soul/R&B legend, Wilson Pickett was nominated for a Grammy in 1999 for the song “It’s Harder Now.” Pickett’s soul classic resonates with me in part because I find teaching African American history “harder now.” It is especially difficult to teach the sociohistorical period known variously as “the age of Jim Crow” or “Segregation.” Students don’t see the segregated South of the post World War II era as harrowing as Slavery or as rancorous as the Nadir, 1877-1923. Why is teaching African American history to this generation of college students such a difficult task? Why is the era of “Segregation” and the liberation movements it spawned so difficult for today’s youth to understand?

  • African American History,
  • "Segregation,
  • " Apartheid,
  • Freedom Rideers
Publication Date
Spring April 28, 2011
Citation Information
Sundiata Keita Cha-Jua. "Teaching “Segregation” and the Black Liberation Movement in the Age of Obama" Freedom Riders Screening/Discussion (2011)
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