Design for Survey Course: Black Disabled Experience

National Black Disability Coalition

Design for Survey Course: Black Disabled Experience

Intent of Survey Course: Black Disabled Experience

The intent of the Survey Course, Black Disabled Experience is to provide students with an introduction to the intersections of race and disability from a critical social justice perspective. The course is to also provide a guide to scholarly institutions of the interest of and need for students to include intellectual skills in the subject matter for future fields of study and professional advancement.

Learning Objectives

The course in Black Disabled Experience is to develop critical intellectual skills in the arts, culture, sociology and history of people from the disabled Black community in the United States and the African Diaspora.

1.      To create a more accurate and complex understanding of Black people with disabilities and the evolution of Black disabled people in historical contexts of the United States and the Diaspora, including the U.S. civil rights movement and disability rights movement, Black arts/music and  Black history.

2.      To invite students to reflect on how an appreciation of Black disability relates to the professional, social and personal aspects of their lives. 

3.      To have the opportunity to learn from Black Disabled People and Family Members.

4.      Use the knowledge and skills to affect social change.

 

Course Outline

 

Arts

1.      Black Music & Disability from Blues to Hip Hop

2.      Entertainment Industry: Black Disabled Bodies

3.      Black Disabled Images & Media

History

1.      Slavery & Disability

2.      Talented Tenth & Black Disability

3.      Black Civil Rights Activism and Disability Rights & Activism

4.      Black Nationalism, Black Power and Disability

5.      Black Disabled Activism in the Motherland

6.      Black Experience in Dominant Culture Disability

(To include: Growth & Pushback of Black Disabled Culture)

Sociology/Culture

1.      Black Family & Disability: Raising Black Disabled Children

2.      Black Church & Disability

3.      Masculinity & Feminism through the Lens of Black Disabled Men & Women

4.      Juvenile Justice Systems, Incarceration & Institutionalization in Disability

a.   e.g., something about “labeling” and the school to prison pipeline; why minorities are overrepresented in special education, etc

5.      Disability Stigma & Black Leadership

6.      Discrimination & Disparities in Disability Service System

 

Core Competencies

 

I. Critical Analysis

•        Define Black Disabled Experience in a Disability Justice context.

•        Discuss the intersections (or lack of) between Black disabled philosophy and dominant culture disability philosophy.

•        Define Black Disability centeredness and explain the need for Black Disability Studies discipline.

•        Discuss the role of gender in the Black disabled experience.

•        Discuss the differences between the role of the mainstream Black intellectual and the Black disabled intellectual.

•        Discuss how the concept of race has affected the development of the Black disabled experience in literature and the arts.

•        How do we defend the validity of a Black Disabled personality? Discuss how research analysis would aid in the scholarly investigation of a topic in Black Disability Studies social science/behavioral curriculum.

 

II. Discipline Knowledge

•        Discuss how the intersections between race, gender, and class issues in the Black disability experience differ from those in mainstream disciplines.

•        Discuss the role sexism and class has played in the discipline.

•        Discuss the history of the Black disabled experience in poetry, novels, essays, autobiographies, and narratives.

•        Discuss the literary works of major (influential) Black disabled figures.

•        Discuss the characteristics of the Black church and its relationship to Black disabled people.

•        Discuss the politics of Black popular culture, especially of Black disabled music, the mass media and cinema.

•        Discuss the political, economic, and cultural development of the Black Disability Movement.

 

III. Effective Communication

•        The ability to argue Black disability issues orally and to write about them persuasively.

•        Development of listening skill.

•        Respect for the opinion of others.

 

IV. Understanding Human and Cultural Diversity

7.     Ability to work as allies/consultants for Black disability issues and to assist leaders, stakeholders and policymakers in developing Black Disability Studies curricula.

•        Assist community organizations in understanding the psychological, sociological, economical, and health issues that relate to the Black disabled experience.

•        Lead dialogue inside and outside the academy on recent Black disabled issues and studies.

•        Ability to discuss characteristics of a Eurocentric world view of disability.

 

 Readings

 

Arts

1.      Black Music & Disability from Blues to Hip Hop

2.      Entertainment Industry: Black Disabled Bodies

3.      Black Disabled Images & Media

 

Readings:

a.   The Songs of Blind Folk: African American Musicians and the Culture of Blindness; Terry Rowden

b.   The Life of M.F. Grim; Percy Carey and Ronald Wimberly

c.   Blues People: Negro Music in White America; Leroi Jones

d.   Truly Blessed; Teddy Pendergrass         

e.   Brother Ray: Ray Charles Own Story; Ray Charles

f.    The Illest: Disability as Metaphor in Hip-Hop Music; Moya Bailey

g.   When I Move, You Move: Thoughts on the Fusion of Hip-Hop and Disability Activism: Rebecca A. Adelman

h.   Krip Hop Nation is More Than Music; Leroy Moore

 

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History

1.     Slavery & Disability

2.     Talented Tenth & Black Disability

3.     Black Civil Rights Activism and Disability Rights & Activism

4.     Black Nationalism, Black Power and Disability

5.     Black Disabled Activism in the Motherland

6.     Black Experience in Dominant Culture Disability

(To include: Growth & Pushback of Black Disabled Culture)

 

Readings:

a.   Killing the Black Body; Dorothy E. Roberts

b.   Porgy; Dubose Heyward

c.   First Waco Horror: Lynching of Jesse Washington and the Rise of the NAACP; Patricia Bernstein

d.   Freak Show: Presenting Human Oddities for Amusement and Profit; Robert Bogdan

e.   Disability and Difference in Global Contexts: Enabling Transformative Body Politic, Nirmala Erevelles

f.    Female, Black and Able: Representations of Sojourner Truth and Theories of Embodiment: Meredith Minister

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Sociology/Culture

1.     Black Family & Disability: Raising Black Disabled Children

2.     Black Church & Disability

3.     Masculinity & Feminism through the Lens of Black Disabled Men & Women

4.     Juvenile Justice Systems, Incarceration & Institutionalization in Disability

a.   e.g., something about “labeling” and the school to prison pipeline; why minorities are overrepresented in special education, etc

5.     Disability Stigma & Black Leadership

6.     Discrimination & Disparities in Disability Service System

 

Readings:

a.     Crippin' Jim Crow: Disability and the School-to-Prison Pipeline by Nirmala Erevelles (In the recently released Disability Incarcerated: Imprisonment and Disability in the US and Canada, co-edited by Liat Ben-Moshe, Chris Chapman, and Allison C. Carey)

b.     Case Studies of Minority Student Placement in Special Education by Beth Harry, Janette Klingner, Elizabeth Cramer, and Keith Sturges’

c.     Why Are So Many Minority Students in Special Education?  Understanding Race and Disability in Schools by Beth Harry and Janette K. Kligner

d.     “Lomax’s Matrix: Disability, Solidarity and Black Power of 504” DSQ 31:1 (2011)

e.     African American Slavery and Disability: Bodies, Poverty and Power in Antebellum South; Dea H. Boster

f.      Blackness and Disability: Critical Examinations and Cultural Interventions; Christopher Bell

g.     Sick From Freedom: African American Illness and Suffering During the Civil War and Reconstruction; Jim Downs

h.     The Mark of Slavery: The Stigma of Disability Race and Gender in Antebellum America; Jenifer Barclay

i.       Harriet Tubman: A Biography; James A. McGowan and William C Kashatus

j.      The Hidden Reassure of Black ASL; Carolyn McCaskill

k.     Unspeakable:The Story of Junius Wilson; Susan Burch and Hannah Joyner

l.       Black and Deaf in America: We are Different; Ernest Hairston and Linwood Smith

m.    Black  Deaf Students: A Model of Educational Success; Carolyn Williamson

n.     Roar of Silence: Trial and Triumph Through Deaf; Kenneth Walker and Bob Schaller

o.     Still I Rise: The Enduring Legacy of Black Deaf Arkansans Before and After Integration; Glenn B. Anderson

p.     The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks; Henrietta Skloot