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  1. AllusionsRaisin in the Sun

  2. Lorraine Hansberry

  3. Common family of African languages below the equator Out of about 250 Bantu languages, Swahili is the most common Bantu language. 1. Bantu language

  4. 2. Great sculpture of Benin • From Benin (next to Nigeria) • Art mostly animal heads • 14th-17th century

  5. 1856-1915 Founded Tuskegee institute (trade school) Educator Promoted blacks in trade (manual labor) rather than intellectual pursuits Many blacks disagreed! 3. Booker T. Washington

  6. 4. Chicago’s Southside • Large black population, esp. after WWII. • Reputation of being poor, crimes • 1940s- lot of immigration of blacks

  7. 5. Shaka Zulu • 19th century warrior king • Improved weaponry

  8. East Africa Referred to in the Bible (Queen of Sheba) Cradle of ancient civilization 6. Ethiopia

  9. A straightened hair style for men Painful and high maintenance! Popular 1920s-60s Natural Some considered it “self-degrading” and denying their black identity to change their natural hair. Conked 7. Conked head

  10. 8. “if the salt loses its savor”(Biblical reference) • Matthew 5:13: You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” • Beneatha refers to this, mockingly, to Mama

  11. “Mister small business man” (in French) Bourgeois = middle class 9. Monsieur le petit bourgeois noir

  12. 10. Mrs.Miniver • 1942 movie – during WWII • English housewife – known for courage

  13. 11. Nigeria • West Africa • Most populated country in Africa • Became independent 1960 • Leader in art, literature, music, craftmanship

  14. 12. peckerwood • Derogatory term for poor working class whites, “cracker,” “white trash” • These “peckerwoods” were considered loud and troublesome like the bird • Used by upper class whites and southern blacks

  15. 13. Prometheus • Greek Titan • Punished by Zeus for giving fire to mortals • Punished by having his liver eaten out by an eagle EVERY DAY

  16. 14. Scarlett O’Hara • Main character from Gone with the Wind • Southern belle • Helpless  grows in strength

  17. 15. sharecroppers • Tenant farmer, paid rent by giving a share of crops to land owner • Popular up to the 50s in South for cotton

  18. 16. Songhai dynasty • Western Africa, Mali • 1000 -1591 AD. • Boasted the city of Timbuktu • Largest, richest

  19. 17. Nature of quiet desperation • From Henry David Thoreau’s Walden. • Most men lead lives this way – unsatisfied, desperate, but they don’t do anything to make change!