English | Projects In Reading and Writing
W170 | 3130 | Goldstein

TOPIC:		Who Shall Overcome?: Representing and Remembering
Civil Rights
INSTRUCTOR:	Kate Goldstein

3130		MWF	12:20pm – 1:10pm	SW 219

During the presidential election, the legacy of the civil rights was
evoked, memorialized and celebrated, but what, precisely, do these
memories tell us about the Civil Rights Movement and our own
historical moment? In this course, we will begin by reading civil
rights era essays by Martin Luther King and others in which the
authors redefine terms of identity for themselves and other
Americans. During the collective political and social movement for
full legal rights of citizenship for African Americans, the roles
available to individual people also changed. We will explore how the
visual culture of the civil rights movement challenged, created, and
suppressed various individual identities related to gender, race,
and class in our reading and writing. Then, through contemporary
films and political culture, we will investigate the complex and
sometimes competing narratives which are held up as the “real”
stories and legacies of civil rights. This semester, we will
investigate these issues in pursuing an answer to the questions: Who
and what are at stake in ways we choose to represent and remember
the Civil Rights Movement; what are the legacies for current
struggles over racial, class, and gender identity.