By reading and reacting to literature written by African American women, students will develop and practice skills in writing, critical thinking, analyzing content, and comparing how African American women in different eras and varying cultural backgrounds approach identity and language.

Each class session will call on students to respond creatively to texts through verbal discussions, formal essays, and personal narratives. Special attention is paid to understanding historical contexts, gender roles, and class conflicts within African American women’s literature and to the effect of contact with other cultures over time.

Students will also conduct research on individual African American women authors, their influences, and their body of art.

Students will perceive more directly that overcoming cultural differences and promoting intercultural understanding is intimately tied to becoming educated about and developing tolerance toward different ethnicities, cultures, and people.