LEARNING THROUGH NARRATIVE
EXPLORING STRUCTURAL INEQUALITY
+ THE JUSTICE SYSTEM
JERRY RAFIKI JENKINS, Ph.D
CARLTON DWAYNE FLOYD, Ph.D
Thursday July 16, 2020 | 5 - 6 PM PST
Course Introduction - Overview of primary readings
Discussion on Systemic Racism and the Justice System
Thursday July 23, 2020 | 5 - 6PM PST
Discussion on “Bloodchild” Short Story
Discussion on Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
Thursday July 30, 2020 | 5 - 6PM PST
Discussion on Just Mercy
Thursday August 6, 2020 | 5 - 6PM PST
Book: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.
A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.
Short Story: “Bloodchild” in Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia Butler.
Bloodchild and Other Stories is the only collection of science fiction stories and essays written by American writer Octavia E. Butler. Each story and essay features an afterword by Butler. "Bloodchild", the title story, won the Hugo Award and Nebula Award.
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
The odyssey of one woman who is twice as feeling in a world that has become doubly dehumanized.
Essay: “A Report From Occupied Territory” by James Baldwin
This article originally appeared inJuly 11, 1966, issue of The Nation.
Essay: “An Open Letter to Mr. Carter” by James Baldwin
A letter addressed to President Jimmy Carter regarding the unjust incarceration of Black men.
Poem: Selections from Bastards of the Reagan Era by Reginald Dwayne Betts
Bastards of the Reagan Era is a challenge, confronting realities that frame an America often made invisible.