African American Literature: Four Hundred Souls – A Community History of African America 1619 – 2019

Mondays, 1 – 3 pm

Facilitator: Brenda Lambert

In this class, we will read and discuss the book Four Hundred Souls, which explores Black experiences through brief essays and poems. The editors have assembled a “choral” history of African Americans in the US, with each contributing writer taking on a chronological, 5-year period.  Writers have explored their periods through a variety of techniques: historical or personalized essays, short stories, personal vignettes or analysis, and fiery protests. Themes of protest and striving, of endurance and reinvention, run through this collection of diverse writings, unlocking a range of experiences and ideas within the community of Blackness. 

Please note: learners are requested to wear masks in this class.

Textbook: Four Hundred Souls, Ibram X. Kendi & Keisha N. Blain, eds. ISBN ‎ 978-0593449349

MondaysApril 3 – May 22, 20231 – 3 pmIn-person
WashU West Campus
begins March 7