February 7, 2009
I’m excited about a new course offering of the East Side Institute, where I am privileged to be director. It’s entitled, “Conversations with a Black Minority: Postmodern Marxists in Dialogue about a New and Innovative Approach to “Black” Psychology,” and it will be led by four powerful African American women colleagues of mine from whom I have learned immeasurably: Lenora Fulani, Alvaader Frazier, Pam Lewis and Gloria Strickland (bios below).
During the five weekly sessions, they will “unpack” the title of their course—sharing how they understand themselves as a “Black Minority;” in what ways they are postmodern Marxists; what that looks like in their work as psychologists, educators and community activists; why they think such an approach is good for the development of black communities and of all people; and what the challenges are in light of “black psychology” — both the psychology of the black community and that of academics who identify and work with a black psychology.
“Conversations …” meets Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:00 PM February 25-March 25 at the East Side Institute. For more information or to register http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=175846
I plan to write about the course here each week.
Lenora Fulani is a leading youth development specialist who co-founded the All Stars Project in 1981. One of her current projects is Operation Conversation: Cops and Kids, a series of workshops that uses performance to facilitate dialogues between New York City police and Black youth. Dr. Fulani earned her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the City University of New York. As America’s leading Black independent, she has twice run for President of the United States.
Alvaader Frazier, Esq. is a long time community organizer. She received her law degree from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, California and has worked as a human rights attorney. Ms. Frazier is also a prolific poet, writer and patron of the arts.
Pamela Lewis is the Director of Youth Programs for the All Stars Project. At the All Stars she also serves as national producer of the All Stars Talent Show Network and co- director of the Joseph A. Forgione Development School for Youth.
Gloria Strickland is the Director of the All Stars Project of New Jersey. Prior to heading up the All Stars, Ms. Strickland was the executive director of the Somerset Community Action (SCAP) and the Somerset County Head Start programs. She has a Masters degree in education from New York University.