Waveland: Work-Study Institute, Feb.-March 1965. Notes by Jane Stembridge about a class held by Stokely Carmichael, and other related notes

[Waveland, MS-?]: the author, 1965. 4p., mimeographed 8.5x11 inch sheets stapled together at upper left corner, very good condition, first edition, later published by New England Free Press & SSOC as Freedom School notes.

Notes on a class about "proper English" versus the local Black vernacular. Starting from examples like "Whereinsoever the policemens goes they causes troubles" versus "Anywhere the officers of the law go, they cause trouble," Carmichael leads the discussion to questions of linguistic power and social class. Stembridge also briefly describes a class taught by Howard Zinn: "The opposite of Stokely's class was Zinn's. He started with three words on the board: Freedom, Education, Power. It took a long time to kind of start over with specifics. He also had way too much material and lectured too much. He had a lot to give and he wanted to, but he wasted himself. I did that, too. We didn't know. I think we learned a lot." Stembridge's notes on this class were adapted in a longer pamphlet, "What is good English: a class by Stokley Carmichael." Stembridge, a Georgia-born lesbian activist, was SNCC's first staff person, recruited away from Union Theological Seminary by Ella Baker.

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