African History Classes

You do not want to miss our next series of complimentary classes on the Early History of the African Renaissance. 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 all ages, this eight-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 this course covers African world history from the victory of Adwa to the modern day. Its focus will be on the ongoing struggle of African people for self-determination and development in the face of colonialism and neo-colonialism. Throughout the course, we will assess the positive and negative approaches to concepts such as liberation, nation-building and gender relations. Further, we will explore and critique methods of cultural, economic and human development all with the goal of answering the question of: Are we furthering or hindering the rebirth of Africa?

At the end of the series, you will:

  • Understand the importance of modern African history and ways Eurocentric scholarship have tried to alter and/or omit it
  • Assess the strategies and tactics used by African peoples for liberation and self-determination
  • Recognize the hinderances (both internal and external) to the human development of African people
  • Know the role of environmental and material factors in shaping human development
  • Grasp the connections in struggle between Africans at home and abroad
  • Learn key events and personalities that have influenced the African Renaissance

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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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