Chapter 2: Ron’s Ribs and Revolution

Pre-Reading Glossary

  • Comrade

  • Socioeconomic

  • White supremacy

  • Afrocentric

  • Collaborators

  • Black political thought

  • Grassroots organizing

  • Juneteenth

  • Pan-African

Essential Question

Who has made an impact on your life? What discussions/teachings/institutions have impacted your beliefs and worldview?

Comprehension Check

Question 1

Name the organization Kwame Ture became a leading figure of.

Question 2

What response were Mawuli and his navy friends receiving from elders that he didn’t receive from Baba Odinga?

Question 3

What happened after Baba Odinga asked “ if the masses of our people are suffering under this current system, do you not have a responsibility to change the system and create a new one that alleviates your people’s suffering?”

Question 4

Why do you think Brother Odinga always wore a “fresh dashiki or t-shirt with a revolutionary message?”

Question 5

Why do you think Mawuli feels the need to state, “Being African can never go out of style; it is us; it is our very core?”

Question 6

Mawuli states “It was our belief that since African American military members were being directed to provide assistance in rebuilding nations abroad, then we had an obligation to rebuild in our own Black communities in America.” Who else do you believe is obligated to rebuild Black communities in America?`

Extension:

Character Map of Baba Odinga

Word Map

Make a collage of things that are African and beautiful