Mizzousyllabus- a resource for educators to use in classrooms

I created the #mizzousyllabus in collaboration with the African American Intellectual History Society to help educators broach conversations about an ongoing and seminal event in United States and African American History.

It contains valuable readings about black student movements in the United States, the history of race relations and racial inequality in Missouri and other topics of relevance.

This syllabus is meant to be a start, not an ending. We hope that educators will not only use it as a resource in their classes and scholarship but also build on it in subsequent weeks and months. Indeed, ongoing attention is critical. If the current demonstrations occurring at college campuses across the United States in solidarity with the Missouri activists are any indication, this is much more of a sustained movement than a fleeting moment.

Op-Eds, Editorials, and Blogs

Dave Zirin, “Black Mizzou Football Players Are Going on Strike Over Campus Racism,” 8 November 2015, The Nation
Ibram X. Kendi, “Beholding Mizzou and the Power of Black Students,” 11 November 2015, African American Intellectual History Society

Carol Anderson, “The Long and Troubled Racial Past of Mizzou,” 13 November 2015, The Conversation

Readings on Black Student Activism

Angela Y. Davis, Angela Davis–An Autobiography (1974)
Clayborne Carson, In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s(1981)

William H. Exum, Paradoxes of Protest: Black Student Activism in a White University (1985)

Yohuru R. Williams, Black Politics/White Power: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Black Panthers in New Haven (2008)

Stefan M. Bradley, Harlem vs Columbia University: Black Student Power in the late 1960s (2009)

Ibram X. Kendi, The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education (2012)

On School Desegregation and Institutional Diversity

Richard Kluger, Simple Justice: The History of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America’s Struggle for Equality (1976)
Lorene Cary, Black Ice (1991)

Martha Biondi, To Stand and Fight: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Postwar New York City (2003)

Tomiko Brown Nagin, Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement (2011)

Sarah Ahmed, On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional LIfe(2012)

Readings on Missouri

Melton Alonza McLaurin, Celia, A Slave (1991)
Diane Mutti Burke, On Slavery’s Border: Missouri’s Small-Slaveholding Households, 1815-1865 (2010)

Aaron Astor, Rebels on the Border: Civil War, Emancipation, and the Reconstruction of Kentucky and Missouri (2012)

Gary R. Kremer, Race and Meaning: The African American Experience in Missouri (2014)

Kristen Epps, Slavery on the Periphery: The Kansas-Missouri Border in the Antebellum and Civil War Eras (2016)

University of Missouri-Columbia Black Alumni Association, The African-American Experience at the University of Missouri, 1950-1994 (1994)

Readings on Race and Sports

Amy Bass, Not the Triumph but the Struggle: The 1968 Olympics and the Making of the Black Athlete (2002)
William C. Rhoden, Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete (2006)

Billy Hawkins, The New Plantation: Black Athletes, College Sports, and Predominantly White NCAA Institutions (2010)

Multimedia ResourcesWillard Straight Hall Takeover and Student Protests at Cornell University(1969)Classroom ResourcesKatie Walden, Storify on College Sports and Civil RightsArchives

Hewlett Diversity Archive, Special Collections and Archives, Wesleyan University
Guide to African American Experience in Missouri, The State Historical Society of Missouri

Special Collections and Archives at Mizzou

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