This curriculum guide provides anthropological and historical research as well as literary criticism on six narratives from Southern Africa: Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga, When Rain Clouds Gather by Bessie Head, Fools and Other Stories by Njabulo Ndebele, Six Feet of the Country by Nadine Gormider, and Mother to Mother by Sindiwe Magona. The background and critical materials are integrated into well-developed lesson plans, which include reproducible student handouts, teacher resources, and reading resources.
More than any other scholar, political activist or professor of his day, W.E.B. Du Bois established the intellectual and curricular groundwork for what would become the field of Black Studies in higher education in the United States. The Great Depression, Du Bois believed, had exacerbated racial consciousness. He planned to remedy the situation of worsened race relations with a serious program of Black Studies. His plan was presented to the Annual Conference of the Presidents of Negro Land-Grant Colleges in 1941, but it would be more than twenty-five years before the first Black Studies program would appear in American higher education and it would not be at a black institution. This book examines in depth Du Bois’s contributions as well as chronicles the turbulent journey of Black Studies in the academy.
Women, Art and Geometry in Southern Africa received "Special Commendation" in the 1996 Noma Award for Publishing in Africa. The book was praised by the jury for "combining in an indigenous way the study of geometry with that of the visual arts, presenting an important challenge and stimulant to the future of mathematics in relation to gender and race, and erases the borders between mathematics and popular culture as experienced in the work and crafts of women in South Africa. The book's importance lies in its prospective impact on the education of African women in mathematics."