African History Classes

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Join us as we launch our second series of complimentary classes, this time on the “Sheroes of Resistance: Meet the Women Who Fought Back”. In keeping with Jaku Konbit's values of community, culture and identity, we are proud to bring back Dr. Clyde Ledbetter Jr. who has been teaching and publishing on subjects in African World Studies for over a decade.

Designed for adults and young people alike, Dr. Ledbetter's is offering classes to two different audiences. One class is designed for adults and the other class is intentionally geared to youth of African and Caribbean heritage between 15-25 years of age. Each seven-week course will be interactive using readings, lectures, discussions and audio/visual materials. Classes will be led in a way that allow you to look to the past and consider the connections between the historical experiences and intellectual thought of peoples of African descent.

The overview for the adult course is designed to introduce students to the role of African women as defenders of African People from various forms of oppression. We will cover various historical periods from ancient times to the early 20th century and look for the commonalities and differences in the strategies of female leaders as they confront internal and external challenges. While engaging each topic, students will reflect on and assess both the actions taken by these women and how those actions have been recorded in history. All reading materials will be provided and the course will utilize a combination of interactive lectures as well as online learning.

At the end of the series, you will:

  • Learn of the basic methods of the field of African history and how to study history from a gendered perspective
  • Learn the role played by African women in various leadership positions throughout history
  • Learn the various methods of resistance used by African women as individuals and collectives to fight against injustice
  • Learn about key events and personalities in the ancient civilizations of Africa's five regions as well as the Diaspora

Dr. Clyde Ledbetter Jr. is an alumnus of Lincoln University and received his Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple University in 2013. He earned a second Masters degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford. He has taught in a private K-12 African-centered school in Philadelphia as well as at several colleges and universities in the U.S. including: Temple University, Lincoln University, and Cheyney University (the latter two are both historically Black universities).

In addition to co-editing the book Contemporary Critical Thought in Africology and Africana Studies with Dr. Molefi K. Asante, Dr. Ledbetter has also published articles on Malcolm X as well as various topics concerning human and peoples’ rights in the African world.

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