Borough of Manhattan Community College Black Studies Across the Americas Haiti Cohort Professor RaShelle R. Peck, Professor Alexander J. Ho, Janelle Poe, MFA, and Student Researcher Ime Ekpo This study is for individuals who are unfamiliar with the Haitian Revolution and the story of the first free Black republic post the eras of colonial rule. The primary audiences are high school and college freshmen. The secondary audiences are students of all dominations and majors who are interested in gaining insight into the Haitian Revolution. The tertiary audiences are members of society who engage in independent studies about the African diaspora […]
Black Studies OERs
Collaborators: Created by Leah Lalljie, BMCC and Joely Castillo, BMCC Graduate Fellow Janelle Poe, The Graduate Center, CUNY Faculty Mentor: Prof. Alex Ho, BMCC and Prof. RaShelle Peck, BMCC External Collaborators: Paul M. Martinez and Marasa Lafalaise, Central Park Rara Summary: These two related Open Educational Resources (OERs) asks students to think about the music of the world through project-based learning. Leah and Joely focused on music from Haiti. For your project, you can pick a country or a genre of music to explore. Think about what the music and genre says about it’s origin country or place. Haiti’s rich […]
The following are lesson plans guiding the use of two Open Educational Resources (OERs) about the music of Haiti and the Haitian diaspora. “Exploring History Through Music” Lesson Plan by Joely Castillo, BMCC “Haiti Music!: How history affected the development of Kompa and Hip Hop Creole” Lesson Plan by Leah Lalljie, BMCC This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic License.
Overview In this lesson plan, students will learn about Garifuna culture by exploring some of its musical practices. They will read an article that discusses the traditional rituals highlighted in various Garifuna music and dance performances. In the article, they will also examine gender roles in Garifuna culture, and how Garifuna music has evolved over time to incorporate aspects of Punta Rock. Students will also watch video clips of an interview with Prof. Pablo Joseph López Oro, which will help them grasp the differences between spirituality and religion in Garifuna culture and also learn about how gender and sexuality […]
Overview In this lesson plan, students will learn about the struggles of the Garifuna communities, including gentrification, displacement, political representation, and racial and gender discrimination, across the Americas. They will examine the historical, political, and social factors that shaped these struggles, and the role of important leaders in fighting for the rights of these communities. The students will read an article that highlight the struggles faced by the Garifuna in Honduras, New York (USA), Belize and Guatemala, and how leaders from the past (Thomas Vincent Ramos) and present (Miriam Miranda, Aida Lambert, Paul Joseph López Oro and Gloria Nunez) have […]
Welcome to Puerto Rico! In this section, you’ll learn about the history of Puerto Rico & its relation to the United States through an interactive timeline. You’ll also learn about the Afro-Puerto Rican town called Loiza in an immersive pamphlet. Be sure to check out our supplemental word search puzzle!
A look at the African influence on Puerto Rico’s culture featuring beauty, fashion, food, music and dance.
The Garifuna quests for labor contribute to the distinct nature of their migration history. Despite being forced into exile by the British from the Island of St. Vincent to Roatán in 1797, the Garifuna have managed to maintain their individual identities. Along the coast of Central America, in destinations such as Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, the Garifuna were not only drawn due to the proximity. These areas of agriculture, mahogany trade, carpentry, and turtle fishing attracted the Garifuna for the sake of expanding their labor market as a dominantly self-reliant people. When it comes to beyond the Central American […]