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Black Studies, USA.

by Niyi Coker Jr.

NIYI COKER, JR Niyi Coker, Jr. (Director) is E. Desmond Lee Professor in the Department of Theatre, Dance and Media Studies. He has directed over 50 major stage productions around the world. He is the founding artistic director of the African Arts Ensemble in NYC, and has served as Artistic Director for several theatre companies ranging from the National Theater of Nigeria; K3 Theatre in Malmo, Sweden; Black Box Theatre in Hamilton, Bermuda . He received a British Council commission to write and direct, “Endangered Species”, which toured Great Britain in 1995. He has also received the Kennedy Centre Merit Award and recognition for Directing. In association with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe in Colorado he wrote and directed the play “Ouray”, which is based on the 19th Century struggles of the Southern Utes against European encroachment. In 2010 his latest play “Preemptive” opened at the Shaw Theatre in London, England and was covered by BBC Strand in England. The prod
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The formal movement for the creation of Black Studies in Colleges and Universities started in the 1960’s. In the fervor of the Civil Rights movement, students that had participated in the movement and other intellectuals that understood the relevance of the movement insisted that the values of civil rights be reflected in the curriculums of the ivory towers. A turbulent time in higher education history in the United States, when
Students and their supporters resorted to armed struggle to change a slanted curriculum.

Until this point, higher education’s curriculum had marginalized other American ethnicities. The formal movement started with San Francisco State College. Other institutions such as the University of California and Cornell, among others would follow.

Some interviews included in the documentary are:

Dr Molefi Asante - Author of “Afrocentricity”. He is founder of the first Ph.D program in African American Studies at Temple University.

Dr. Maulana Karenga - the creator of KWANZAA.

Haki Madhubuti - Publisher, Third World Press, Chicago.

Written & Directed by ‘Niyi Coker, Jr.
Winner of the Silver Remi Award – Houston International Film Festival. 2007
Finalist & Official Selection - Hollywood Black Film Festival. 2007
Official Selection - Philadelphia International Film Festival 2005
Best Documentary - Berlin Black Film Festival, Germany . 2005


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