In today's class, we focus on classic terms like signifyin, direct address, indirection, tonal semantics and names/definitions of other discourse strategies that will be used repeatedly in your readings (though sometimes not with explanation). We will learn these terms through the life and lessons of Fannie Lou Hamer.
Remix Chronology for Joey Bada$$'s "Land of the Free":
I. Welcome Back!
In the Chat: Say hello... your major/minor... and an organization you belong to and/or recommend
Our Zoom Sessions
11-11:15am: Come into the room, get comfortable, have something to snack on during the sessions... or... talk trash with Carmen (it's a likely occurrence)
11:15am: Class starts and lateness is marked (please see syllabus for how lateness gets counted)
11:15am-12:20pm: Formal class (based on T & Th formats above)
12:20pm: Class ends and Carmen hangs around on zoom for any brief questions or after-class chat you need
III. Brief Overview of Google Slides How-To: Background Image, Text Boxes, Transitions/Animation, Video
IV. “Until I Am Free, You Are Not Free Either”: Workshop on Discourse Strategies & Black Rhetoric (BR)
- Click here for today's PDF. Please keep your notes and this worksheet. You will often be asked to perform an Black rhetorical analysis of a speech or performance. Use this vocabulary/these definitions for that work. The point is for these definitions to become a natural part of how you talk about and hear Black language and rhetoric.
- Click here for today's speech. Use this handout to follow along with the speech that we will be listening to today: Fannie Lou Hamer's "UNTIL I AM FREE, YOU SRE NOT FREE EITHER." We are listening to the parts of the speech highlighted by red bars.
- As a class, we will listen to the speech together.Use the handout as you listen.
- Take a few moments to go over the handout and make notes about the discourse strategy. We will do this activity again next week with one of Malcolm X's speech.
- Open Discussion: What examples of BR does hamer use? Why? Why was FLH such a highly sought-after speaker? But shunned by the mainstream (including the CRM) at the same time? Loved by college students activists?