Communication and Culture | Communication in Black America
C238 | 23464 | Calloway-Thomas, C.

MW, 11:15 AM-12:30 PM, Location: TBA

Fulfills COLL A&H Requirement
Fulfills COLL Culture Studies Requirement (List A)

Instructor: C. Calloway-Thomas
Office: Mottier Hall 219
Phone: 855-0524

Course Description:
When Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr.  stood in front of the Lincoln
Memorial on August 28, 1963, and proclaimed, “I have a dream,” he
achieved greatness as an orator. But Reverend King was preceded by a
host of black men and women seeking freedom and the good life in
America.  Black leaders and others who articulated and articulate
the grievances and aspirations felt by the masses have always
understood the power of the word ( “nommo”) in the black community.
This course examines the basic characteristics of African American
communication and the socio-cultural factors that contribute to the
distinctive aspects of black language (“talkin that talk”) and hip

Specific Objectives:
More specifically, the course covers:

1.  The defining elements of the African American oral tradition
2.  African American dialogue as an instrument of social change
3.  The historical and cultural events that shaped the communicative
practices of black Americans
4.  The origins and characteristics of black language or Ebonics
5.  Communicative practices in the Hip Hop Nation

Required Texts:
Foner, Philip S. & Branham, R.J. (Eds.) Lift Every Voice:  African
American Oratory 1787:1900.  Tuscaloosa, Alabama:  University of
Alabama Press, 1998. ***

Foner, P. (Ed.) The Voice of Black America.  Volumes I & II.  New
York: Capricorn Books, 1975.***

Smith, Arthur L. (Molefi Kete Asante) Language, Communication and
Rhetoric.  New York:  Harper & Row, Publishers, 1972.***

Smitherman, G. Talkin that Talk.  New York: Routledge, 2001.

*** Reading assignments taken from these books are in a packet of
materials titled CMCL C238 Calloway-Thomas.