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New course studies black culture

Jan. 29, 1997

By Karen Taft

Lariat Reporter

This semester the University is offering an African-American Communications class that reflects the culture and traditions of black history.

The class focuses on issues in the black culture that helped develop and create the culture that exists today.

The material ranges from sermons in churches to political writings and oratory.

The class will look at the spiritual aspect of the culture through spiritual songs and gospels, and it will concentrate on the rich tradition of powerful speakers by studying Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

'The class focuses on the rich tradition by looking at different characterizing moments from politics and public speaking plus the strong church tradition that plays into Baylor culture,' said Dr. Mark White, associate professor for communication studies.

Tara Reed, a Fort Worth graduate student, said the class is taught from a different point of view.

She said it is enlightening because previous information about the culture was based upon what people knew from other outside sources.

This class, however, reflects the culture and traditions based upon observations by individuals in the society.

According to White, the class size is still relatively small, so there is room for students who are interested in taking the class.

The class is offered from 9:30 to 10:50 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

'It is a good class that enlightens individuals about the African-American culture and about different things that Baylor does not teach,' Reed said.

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