Part I. All students must answer the following question: Compare and contrast the principles of the Niagara Movement (1903) with the Black Panther Party Manifesto of 1966. How do they compare to the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights? How viable were their proposals? Why were these groups considered radical? What did they contribute to African Americans’ struggle for social justice? (40) Part II. All students must answer the following: (60) We began this course with a discussion of race. Now that we have explored its impact throughout nearly two centuries of American history evaluate Mississippi novelist William Faulkner’s observation: “The past isn’t dead and buried. In fact, it isn’t even past” as you analyze and compare Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” with President Barak Obama’s 2008 speech on race. Discuss the social, political economic and legal implications of race in contemporary America. (60)
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