16th Annual Afrikan Black Coalition Conference

Black Power Writing Prompt

Due:  November 8th, 2018 at 11:59pm

Black Power Writing Prompt Submission Form

How Will You Serve The People?


At the Chairs Retreat that took place August 10-12, 2018, the ABC Chairs unanimously decided to have a reading and response requirement for all Afrikan Black Coalition Conference attendees. The goal is to ensure all attendees of the conference have a foundational understanding of Black Power. This is critical so when we convene 800+ Afrikan/Black students throughout the UC and CSU system, we are productive in our engagement with all components of the conference, have a good time building community with one another, and also remember our theme: Black to the Future: Black Nationalism for Black Millennials.


TEXT TO BE READ: “Black Power: The Politics of Liberation” by Kwame Ture and Charles Hamilton

  • See “READING SCHEDULE MADE SIMPLE” beginning on the next page for a breakdown of how to manage your time and not stress yourself out.



The Black Power Writing Prompt must be typed, spell checked, and double-spaced with a standard Times New Roman 12-point font with all components of whichever writing Prompt(s) your campus Chair has assigned completed. It is to be submitted to your via the Black Power Writing Prompt Online Submission Form (*Must sign-in to a GMAIL account in order to access the submission form*) by November 8th, 2018 at 11:59pm. This is to ensure there is ample time for 1) Designated persons to review submissions and 2) Delegation Liaisons to submit final conference delegation lists by the deadline of November 15th, 2018 at 11:59pm.



  • Deadline: November 8, 2018 at 11:59pm
  • Saving Document: Save your document as your first name initial, full last name, underscore, and the initials of your school
    • Example:
      • Student Name: Kwame Ture
      • School: Cal State Long Beach
      • Document Saved As: KTURE_CSULB
  • Submission: Upload and submit this document via the Black Power Writing Prompt Online Submission Form (*Must sign-in to a GMAIL account in order to access the submission form*)



The Chair of your Delegation Liaison will have the responsibility of determining whether or not to allow submissions that are received after the due date and time. To be sure, all submissions MUST still be received and reviewed by persons designated by the Director of Student Affairs by November 15th at 11:59pm.



All submissions must be the original work of the submitter. Plagiarism is unacceptable. If you use another person’s ideas, take the time to cite their work.



  • Ture, K. and Hamilton, C. V. (1967). Black Power: The Politics of Liberation. New York, NY: Random House, Inc.
  • PDF Format



  • October 6, 2018 – Begin Reading
  • November 3, 2018 – Complete Reading
  • Total Amount of Days to Complete Reading: 29 Days
  • Physical Copy of Text = 183 Pages Total
    • 183 Pages29 Days = Read 6.3 Pages Per Day
  • PDF Format of Text = 123 Pages Total
    • 123 Pages29 Days = Read 4.2 Pages Per Day
  • November 4-8, 2018 – Complete Writing Prompt(s)


Directions: Choose 1 term or concept from at least 4 different chapters listed below (Ex: Assimilado (CH.1), Political Modernization (CH.2), Fear (CH.5), and Social Dynamite (CH.7). Do not choose more than 1 term or concept from a single chapter. Complete both A) and B) next.

  • A) Based upon the context in which the term or concept is being used in the text, describe each term or concept in your own words and be sure to cite the page number on which you located each term/concept. No word count requirement.
    • Example:
      • Voucher System: Throughout history racist states have used various means to prevent Black people from fully participating in the democratic process. In addition to having the right to actually vote, one key component of the democratic process in this nation is being allowed to be on a local board of registration. In order to be admitted onto a local board of registration, a Black person needed a registered White voter to “vouch”  for them. Being that Whites would not register Blacks themselves, and it was rare for Blacks to be allowed to register voters, White racists were able to maintain political control (p. 128).
  • B) In 375-500 words (1.5-2 pages double-spaced), explain how all four of the terms or concepts you defined, relate to one another with regard to Black politics. [Be sure that the definitions you create and the ways in which you weave the concepts together take into consideration the context in which the book uses the term. For example, in Chapter 2 there is a particular way that the term Fear is discussed. Therefore if you talked about the fear you have of spiders and relate that to other concepts, you would probably not be completing the prompt correctly because your textual context is off and you made up your own.



  • Chapter 1 Terms: Racism as Colonialism, Indirect Rule, Captive Leaders, Assimilado
  • Chapter 2 Terms: New Consciousness, Political Modernization, Black Power, Close Ranks, Black Visibility, Integration & Integrationists
  • Chapter 3 Terms: Coalitions, Allies, Blue-Ribbon Candidates, Conscience-Pricker, American Dilemma, Viable Coalitions
  • Chapter 4 Terms: Meaningless Coalitions, Lowndes County Freedom Organization
  • Chapter 5 Terms: Fear, Totalitarian Society, Literacy Tests, Helper System
  • Chapter 6 Terms: Politics of Deference, Tuskegee Civic Association, Selective-Buying Campaign, Tuskegee Institute Students
  • Chapter 7 Terms: Black Migration from South to North, Metropolitan Centers, Cyclic Implications of Institutional Racism, Social Dynamite
  • Chapter 8 Terms: Colonial Relationship, Integration or Control, Community Control, Community Rebate Plan



Directions: Think about your current major or another field of study you may consider obtaining your degree in. Now, by responding to all of the questions below, describe an institution or program that you would be interested in developing  for Afrikan/Black people with the knowledge gained from your degree. There is not word count limit or page length requirement. Just be sure to respond to all of the listed questions.

  • Examples:
    • Transnational Afrikan Educational Tutoring Program
    • Pan-African Agricultural Science Academy

Be sure to answer all of the following questions in your response. Use complete sentences and write in a coherent paragraph structure. DO NOT ANSWER IN BULLETED FORM.

  • What is your current major or a field of study you are considering going into?
  • Why are you interested in this major or field of study?
  • What would the name of your institution or program be?
  • What would three goals of it be?
  • Explain three reasons why is it important that we have it?
  • Where would it be located?
  • What would the age range of the target population be?
  • What three other majors/fields of study would you need primary assistance from to make this vision real and why?
  • How would you ensure that poor and working class access and benefit from these services?



Your Last Name, First Name

School Name Spelled Out

Your BSU Chair Last Name, First Name


Questions, Comments, Concerns:

  • 1st: Ask your Delegation Liaison
  • 2nd: Ask your campus Chair
  • 3rd: Ask your campus Field Organizer
  • 4th: Ask the ABC Director of Student Affairs – E: taharkaanderson@gmail.com

View the Sample Formatting Template Here.