Class examines Malcolm X's legacy
December 11, 2007 2:13 PM
About 70 people gathered Tuesday in Rosa Parks Hall to take part in the final presentations from students of Oba T'Shaka's class on Malcolm X.
Topics included Malcolm X's relationship with Islam, his ongoing influence on hip-hop, and three missing chapters from the acclaimed autobiography of Malcolm X. The class was split up into eight groups of about five members each and this was their final foray into the mind of Malcolm.
"We basically had the second half of the semester to work on it," said Aaron Salazar, 19, whose group focused on parallels between John Coltrane and Malcolm X.
Jasmine Conner, 23, is a group member of Salazar's and said that she was satisfied with her performance and learned about other militant groups like the brown berets and rap philosophy.
Professor T'Shaka, who has taught the course at SF State for about seven years, told his class afterward that he had learned some things he didn't know.
"That's a good thing," he said. "That's what I wanted."
T'Shaka said that they did a good job with the diversity and the impact of Malcolm X in their presentations.
"Look at the diversity of the class," he said. "It speaks to a broad impact; he was the most important thinker the 20th century ever produced."
Salazar, a sophomore, said he was surprised by the number of people that were in attendance.
"It was mostly people from the class at the beginning," he said. "But more people kept coming in later on."
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