Communication and Culture | Communication in Black America
C238 | 11118 | Calloway-Thomas
**Offers Culture Studies Credit**
When the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. stood in front of the
Lincoln Memorial on August 23, 1963, and proclaimed, "I have a
dream," he achieved greatness as an orator.
Dr. 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 in the
black community. This course examines the basic rhetorical
characteristics of African American communication and the socio-
cultural factors that contribute to the distinctive aspects of black
language and hip hop.
More specifically, the course covers:
1. The defining aspects of African American communication.
2. African American rhetoric as an instrument of social change.
3. The socio-cultural events that shaped black rhetoric.
4. The historical and contemporary origins and characteristics of
5. The cultural and rhetorical features of hip hop.
Foner, Philip S. & Branham, R. J. (eds.) Lift Every Voice: African
American Oratory 1787-1900, Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of
Alabama press (1998).
Smith, Arthur L. (Molefi Kete Asante). Language, Communication and
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers (1972).
Foner, P. (ed). The Voice of Black America. Volumes I & II, New
York: Capricorn Books (1975).
The reading assignments are in a packet of materials titled CMC C238