3. Group or Individual Scholar-Activism reporting on a community engagement that is relevant to the class (25% course grade) November 15, 2021, 3,000 words Maximum (can be less) on your scholar-activism. (1-4). Get started early.
The deadline is flexible to allow late submissions by email at the penalty of 5 points per day late in fairness to those who completed on time.
I have linked a thesis that describes the Scholar Activism Paradigm in Africana Studies. This should be read before you get started to give you an idea of what is expected. Use the assignment rubrics to guide you.
In the past, students have completed this assignment by working to help raise funds and awareness for organizations that are relevant to law and criminology. You may have your own preferred groups but it may interest you to know that some students have volunteered for Legal Defense Fund of the NAACP, The Southern Poverty Law Center, Prison Radio, Innocence Project, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Students for a Sensible Drug Policy, #BlackLivesMatter, etc.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, students have tried fasting for 24 hours as a way to experience what prisoners go through when they are on hunger strike and then they donate the money saved on food to their preferred organizations. You can also ask family and friends to join you in fasting to raise more. Talk to your doctor to make sure that you are healthy enough to fast before you start.
Some students have also tried Crowd funding or help with updating/creating websites for organizations as part of scholar-activism. Some have joined campaigns for legal reform by organizing letters to law makers. For an example of Scholar-Activism from a case study of Martin Luther King Jr., see especially pages 13-20 of this thesis: https://vtechworks.lib.vt.edu/bitstream/handle/10919/35821/Keatts_QL_T_2010.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y