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African American Politics: FREE Community Course

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Kheprw Institute

546 E. 17th Street

Indianapolis, IN 46202

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Africa American Politics is the quest for political parity, power in decision and policy making and protecting that power. Join this FREE informal community course in African America Politics that will cover political historic foundations to modern times.

This informal course is taught by Dr. Ramala Bandele, IUPUI Professor Emeritus of African American Studies and Political Science. The course will emphasize local politics (not limited to Indianapolis), focusing on how urban politics manifest through the collision of government and community activism.

Each session will take place every-other Saturdays, 2-3:30pm, first hour lecture followed by a 30 minute discussion. There will be no assignments, but suggested readings are listed below.

Course Schedule & Topics

September 28 - Political Historic Foundations

October 12 - Reconstruction & Jim Crow

October 26 - African Americans & Urban Politics

November 9 - Political Ideology and Programs

November 23 - The Civil Rights Movement

December 7 - Modern Politics

Suggested Reading

Walton, Hanes and Robert Smith. American Politics and the African American Quest for Universal Freedom. (7th Edition; or latest) Pearson Longman Press

Hine, Darlene Clark; African Americans: A Concise History (2nd Edition or latest)

Pearson/Prentice Hall

Bandele, Ramala. Black Star: African American Activism in the International Political Economy

Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

About Dr. Ramala Bandele

Dr. Ramla Bandele is professor emeritus of political science and Africana Studies at Indiana University Purdue University and a long-time supporter and member of Kheprw Institute. She is a writer of plays and short stories and one of the co-founders of the Black Arts Collective ( Her works include plays: Facing the Rising Sun, Summer Storm, Fan Me Lord and Venom. She is also the author of Black Star: African American Activism and International Political Economy.

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