Class Assignment

We will be engaged together in generating an accretive site of Black Power memory to exemplify the processes of cultural memory that we have been studying in this class. By now you should have defined a specific site: place, instance, organization, event, representation, etc., through which you will be analyzing the phenomenon of black power. The readings for next Monday will help you to understand the history and legacy of the Black Power movement. Please read them as soon as possible when the links become active.

You will be responsible for posting a dynamic description and analysis of important aspects of your memory site of the length of 800-1000 words.  Specific sites should include visual evidence and links to useful resources and materials. Each post should include end note citations to identify sources consulted and captions and urls for illustrations and other linked material. These posts will be evaluated by your recitation leaders according to the quality of its content and the dynamic description and analysis that you provide to explain black power.

Please note that the entire project is worth 20% of your course grade. The extent of your engagement with your site matters. 5% of the memory site assignment will consist of an evaluation of what the different sites on our collective memory project reveals about both the changing valences of Black Power and the dynamics of cultural memory that we have studied in this course. This reflective writing assignment on our collective site will be due during sections on April 27th and 28th.

Once the WordPress site comes live at the end of this week, you will be provided with instructions of how to post your individual site. it will be important and productive for you to enhance your own contributions as much as you can and to track the collective evolution of the entire site. You are encouraged to add to and revise your posts regularly to illustrate the development and deepening of your research. You should also strive to link to the posts analyzing other sites of memory when appropriate. Regularly checking in on the other research being done across Back Power will enable and enhance these connections, as well as your own understanding of the project of remembering this movement.

Here is a checklist that will help you to develop the “quality of your content” and your “dynamic description and analysis” – the criteria upon which your site will be evaluated.

  • Is your own entry clearly-written, well-organized, and laid out in the way it presents your site in dynamic and useful ways?
  • Does your entry effectively situate the history of your site in the matrix of its development?
  • Does your entry effectively consider the work of memory being enacted by your site? Who benefits from it in what ways?
  • Does your entry analyze the representation of Black Power that your site promotes and which aspects of its legacy and image it remembers (and forgets)?
  • Are all your links, sources, and citations noted and ascribed to their sources?
  • Importantly, has your analysis considered how your focused site may itself have become a resource incorporated into later cultural memories, especially those of recent memory such as the Black Lives Matter movement.

Be careful to quote and cite language that you take from any other site and not present it as your own. That action is plagiarism.

Some tips for creating useful  Black Power sites.

  • Find the useable particulars within your larger memory site and locate telling angles of more focused analysis.
  • Seek out visual, sound, and multimedia representations of your site. Edit them carefully, cite them properly, and annotate how they are useful. How can you effectively embed and link sources (textual, visual, video) into your entry in ways that are useful and focused?
  • What kind of power is represented by your site? How is “blackness” mobilized as a source of this power?
  • What is the history of your site? Who owns it, established it, designed it, and paid for it? How is it maintained? Who accesses it and how is it used and by whom is it presented?
  • Look for how your site might have served as a rally point around which other memory work has accreted and ways that your site has circulated in and through other spaces and forms of memory, especially 21st century movements such as Black Lives Matter.
  • Look up which events and commemorations your site has been associated with by seeking out local newspapers in the America’s News databases which can be searched at the State level.
  • Use keywords that describe your site to search on UNC library databases such as America: History and Life and the valuable databases under African American Studies at the E-Research and Databases section of the library site at
  • Begin your search with an Articles+ search which can be found on the site in the entry above,
  • Use your keywords to search in googlescholar:
  • How has your site been represented in  commercial culture, or circulated in popular culture or in places away from its original site?
  • Think of Zelizer’s premises and consider how your site embodies these aspects of collective memory.

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