Course Description

IN PERSON: What made them do it? We will ask this of three towering characters from the classical civil rights era: Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and Maya Angelou. Malcolm describes his hardscrabble life, starting in extreme Midwestern poverty, moving through New York City's crime scene and prison, and then becoming the most articulate spokesman for a (rhetorically, at least) more violent, separatist response to white oppression. King’s autobiography describes his route from the elite preacher class of Black Atlanta to becoming the most widely accepted spokesman, organizer and advocate for Black Americans. We will read the middle of Angelou’s seven (!) exquisite memoirs, covering the time in her life when she interacted with King, Malcolm and other greats. These memoirs are a delight to read, reflecting the talents of three extraordinarily gifted communicators at a remarkable moment. This is a discussion-based class, focusing on excerpts of about 100 pages for each class. | Facilitated discussion.

Max enrollment: 20.

Location: Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham NC 27705

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Civil Rights Movement Memoirs: Malcolm, Martin and Maya
Classroom - In Person
1:30PM to 3:00PM
May 02, 2023 to Jun 06, 2023
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Required reading:
Alex Haley and Malcolm X, "The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley" (9780345350688)
Clayborne Carson and Martin Luther King Jr., "The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr." (9780446676502)
Maya Angelou, "The Heart of a Woman" (9780812980325)

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