Photo: Aiyanna Sanders
It’s a never ending struggle to be black.
I’m certain it’s tiring being a human as a rule, yet the battles we experience regularly (from both dark and non-dark groups) while being dark is unmatched. Social desires, for example, thinking and talking and acting a specific way are required. Generalizations like how athletic one ought to be or a necessity to incline toward specific sorts of music get to be desires we put on ourselves. Thusly, would we say we are allowing ourselves to become more acquainted with and even love the genuine us, not the individual society has instructed us to be?
Emory University in Atlanta, GA is offering a new course the remind its students that self love is key. “The Power of Black Self-Love” is taught by Dr. Dianne M. Stewart, Associate Professor of Religion and African American Studies and Dr. Donna Troka, associate director at the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence.
The class was intended to investigate the covering zones of two courses: “Black Love” taught by Stewart, and “Resisting Racism: From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter,” taught by Troka. The course drew students from both classes who studied theories of black love and the histories of black social movements.
The class was an invitation for students of all cultures to dip deeper and investigate the topic through their own research, while analyzing the world of public scholarship through a personal lens. Class discussions and delved into topics such as the influence of Black Twitter over the last decade, the impact of social media on the Black Lives Matter movement and the phenomenon of Black Girl Magic, one of my favorite hashtags used to celebrate the empowerment of black women.
The class was a welcome for understudies of all students to plunge further and examine the point through their own exploration, while investigating the universe of open grant through an individual focal point. Class discourses and dug into points, for example, the impact of Black Twitter in the course of the most recent decade, the effect of web-based social networking on the Black Lives Matter development and the wonder of Black Girl Magic, one of my most loved hashtags used to commend the strengthening of dark ladies.
For their final research projects, they were asked to show black self-love, to embody transformative power. The final projects turned out to be a great success. A few of the stunning projects included the following:
Photo: Aiyanna Sanders
“Black Girl Magic” by Aiyanna Sanders, a sophomore in political science and African American studies. She wanted to explore what exactly #BlackGirlMagic looked like on Emory’s campus. Check out the photo gallery here.
Photo: Gretel Nabeta
Gretel Nabeta, a junior in interdisciplinary studies and film who is from Uganda, was inspired to examine how African cultures influence and promote self-love and the empowerment of women. She interviewed Emory students with backgrounds from West and East Africa. Watch the full video here.
Photo: Billie Holiday-Strange Fruit (recorded in 1939) 2001 Proper Records Ltd.
Shameya Pennell, a senior majoring in religion and anthropology, researched the effect music had on three impactful political movements in black American history: the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Power Movement and the Black Lives Matter Movement. Check out the project here.