Advanced seminar: HS MA, LA Gym: "Eyes on the Prize": Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Black Civil Rights Movement" - Details
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Course name Advanced seminar: HS MA, LA Gym: "Eyes on the Prize": Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Black Civil Rights Movement"
Subtitle (Prüfungsform: Seminararbeit, Prüfungsumfang: 21-25 Seiten; Prüfungsdauer: 6 Wochen)
Semester SS 2024
Current number of participants 16
maximum number of participants 25
Home institute Geschichte des europäisch-transatlantischen Kulturraums
participating institutes Neuere und Neueste Geschichte, Neueste Geschichte
Courses type Advanced seminar in category Teaching
Next date Tuesday, 23.04.2024 16:30 - 18:00, Room: (D, 2129)
Type/Form Hauptseminar Master
Performance record Seminararbeit
Abgabetermin: 10. September 2024
Online/Digitale Veranstaltung Veranstaltung wird in Präsenz abgehalten.
Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch
Weitere Unterrichtssprache(n) Deutsch
Literaturhinweise Clemons, Michael et. al., ed. Dream and Legacy: Dr. Martin Luther King in the Post-Civil Rights Era. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2017.
Collier-Thomas and V.P. Franklin, ed., Sisters in the Struggle: African American Women in the Civil Rights-Black Power Movement. New York: New York UP, 2001.
Harvard Sitkoff, The Struggle for Black Equality, New York: Hill and Wang, 2008.
Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson, Dreams and Nightmares: Martin Luther King Jr., Malcom X, and the Struggle for Black Equality in America. Gainesville: UP of Florida, 2012.
Williams, Juan. Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965. New York: Viking, (c. 1987) 2013.
Wilson, Jamie J.. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Life in American History. New York: Bloomsbury, 2023.
Miscellanea Sprechstunde: Dienstag, 10:00 bis 11:00 Uhr

Rooms and times

(D, 2129)
Tuesday: 16:30 - 18:00, weekly (12x)

Module assignments


(Prüfungsform: Seminararbeit, Prüfungsumfang: 21-25 Seiten; Prüfungsdauer: 6 Wochen) 60 years ago, after more than a decade of intensive struggle, the African American civil rights movement scored one of its most important victories: the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Less than four years later, its legendary leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated and the movement began to disintegrate.
In this seminar we will explore the role of Dr. King leadership as well as different strategies and methods used by the civil rights activists. Their successes and failures will be discussed as well as other aspects of the movement, such as gender, class, religion and Black Nationalism. Finally, we will try to assess the impact of the Black freedom struggle on American society at large as well as its legacy and remaining challenges.
Note: The course will be held in English, but research papers can be submitted in English or German.

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "Hauptseminar MA/LA Gym NNG/NG/GETK SoSe 2024".
The following rules apply for the admission:
  • A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
    The seats in the affected courses have been assigned at 10.04.2024 on 02:02. Additional seats may be available via a wait list.
  • The enrolment is possible from 04.03.2024, 08:00 to 08.04.2024, 23:59.