Mimi Woldeyohannes: Civil Rights Bus Tour

Check out this great piece by my student Mimi Woldeyohannes about the TCU Civil Rights Bus Tour over on the TCU Women’s Studies blog.  Great work Mimi!

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Enroll Now in “The African American Experience” this June!

Learn African American history this summer in the June session at TCU!  This five-week course is a comprehensive survey of African Americans in the United States from 1619 to 2012, including the slave trade, slavery and resistance, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the age of Jim Crow, the Great Migration, black radicalism, the long struggle for civil rights and freedom, and the status of African Americans today.  Students will learn history by doing it hands-on through a series of lab experiments using original primary sources.  CA or HT credit.AFAM flyer image

We will read three (inexpensive) books: The Making of African America: The Four Great Migrations by Ira Berlin, We Ain’t What We Ought to Be: The Black Freedom Struggle from Emancipation to Obama by Stephen Tuck, and Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement by Hon. John Lewis.

Assignments include:

  • Periodic quizzes on the reading
  • Four “History Lab Reports” in which students do “experiments” using sets of original historical sources – the Atlantic Slave Trade Database, the Freedom Papers Project (on emancipation and Reconstruction), oral history interviews from Behind the Veil: Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow South (on iTunes U), and the papers of the most important civil rights movement organization, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
  • A final presentation
  • No tests and no final exam!

Grades will be based on these assignments as well as attendance, effort, and class participation.

About the instructor: Dr. Max Krochmal teaches and does research on African American history, U.S. Latino/a history, labor, and comparative social movements and ethnic studies.  A former labor and community organizer, he earned his B.A. at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University, where he studied with the leading civil rights historians in America.  He is the faculty leader of the TCU Civil Rights Bus Tour and a passionate advocate for social justice in the community.  He is working on a book about the history of black/brown/white coalition-building and the multiracial civil rights movement in Texas.  For more information, visit his website, professormax.org/.

Questions?  Email Dr. Max at m.krochmal@tcu.edu or call 919-564-9129

New Course on Community Organizing and Civil Rights!

Texas Communities Oral History Project

HIST 30803/30813 – Spring 2013 – Sign Up Today!

(see full course info below)

Enroll Now!

Two Classes for the Price of One! (OK, not exactly…)

  • Learn about community organizing and civil rights direct from the source!
  • Even though it looks like two courses, it is in fact a single combined section worth six credits.
  • The class centers on students working independently in small groups to conduct research projects based on oral history interviews with community activists in Fort Worth.
  • Although it officially meets Tu/Th from 2pm to almost 5pm, class will end early most days. Most of our class time will be workshop time in which you work with your small groups on your own oral history project.
  • Students will have input in choosing a specific topic and group partners, but most projects will deal with African American civil rights, Mexican American activism, or labor issues (the focus of the class).
  • It’s a great opportunity for folks to get off campus and learn about the world around us (and it counts as a service-learning course).
  • The course is part of the larger Texas Communities Oral History Project.  Click here to read a recent article about the project in the TCU Skiff.
  • Students must sign up for both courses at the same time (see formal names and descriptions below).  Email me at m.krochmal@tcu.edu if you have any problems.

Enroll Now!

Official Course Description: HIST 30803 – Recent U.S. Urban History: Race, Space, and Community Activism

Using books, articles, and seminar discussions, students will be introduced to recent U.S. urban history, with a focus on race and racism as well as theories of community activism and grassroots social movements.  Students will complete weekly reading journals, two synthetic essays, and a semester-long small-group library and archival research project on urban community activism.  The course fulfills upper-division credit for the History major or minor, the Urban Studies minor, and the Latina/o Studies minor.  It also satisfies Cultural Awareness (CA) or Citizenship and Social Values (CSV) TCU Core Curriculum requirements.  Students must enroll in both this course and HIST 30813.

Official Course Description: HIST 30813 – Oral History Field Research Seminar

This service-learning field research course introduces students to community-based research and oral history theory and methodology, including interviewing techniques and debates within the discipline.  Students will conduct extensive independent research outside the comfortable confines of the university.  With the professor’s guidance, and in collaboration with community partners, students will hit the pavement to interview Fort Worth-area community activists and leaders.  They will then compile and interpret the results and finally synthesize their findings by creating a multimedia website. Students must enroll in both this course and HIST 30803.

Historic Appeal to Join the Veasey Campaign

Dear TCU and UTA NAACP Members:

Dr. Max Krochmal here from the TCU history department.  In my day job I teach about community activism, civil rights, and labor history, but I am writing today as a volunteer for the campaign to elect a proven fighter for our community to Congress.

For decades Fort Worth civil rights activists have fought for not only integration but real, independent political power.  They won seats on city councils, school boards, county commissions, and even the state legislature.  Now we have a chance to add another chapter to this history: to elect the first African American Congressman from Tarrant County.

For years, Marc Veasey has represented Southeast Fort Worth and parts of Arlington in the Texas State House, and he has proven that he is a fighter who will stand up for all the minority communities in Tarrant and Texas.  He is a natural-born coalition builder, and he has been endorsed by leading Latino/a politicians, organized labor, and both daily papers in DFW.  To learn more about Marc, visit his campaign website at marcveasey.com

Now Marc needs our help–especially your help.  He is locked in a tight race in the Democratic Primary run-off for the new 33rd Congressional District.  The election is July 31, with only one week of early voting, and turnout will be very low.

That’s where you fit it–Marc needs volunteers to go out in the streets, knock on doors, talk to the young and the elderly and others who need help getting to the polls, and finally, make sure that they get where they need to go and vote.  He has asked me to help recruit college students–the historic vanguard of the struggle for civil rights.

Can you come out today and give Marc and your community a few hours of your time?

Volunteers are needed all day, seven days a week, up until election day. But don’t delay–you don’t need to plan ahead, have a regular day, or make an appointment. Just call or text or email me for more info. I can pick you up, take you to headquarters, and introduce you to the campaign manager. I’ll even stay there and work with you!

You have no excuses. Join this historic campaign now. Call or text or go straight to  Veasey’s campaign headquarters, 6737 Brentwood Stair Rd., near the intersection of 30east and 820.