English | Projects in Reading & Writing: Who Shall Overcome?
W170 | 7144-7145 | Goldstein

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

7144		MWF		10:10A - 11:00A	SY 108
7145		MWF		11:15A - 12:05P	SY 0008

During the current election, the legacy of the civil rights has been
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 and interpret the
complex and sometimes competing narratives which are held up as
the “real” stories and legacies of civil rights. This semester, we
investigate these issues in pursuing an answer to the question: 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? This course
fulfills the English Composition requirement, so we will develop
analytical and research skills through writing and revising several
papers and short writing assignments.