Today vs. Then
Examine the assertions from "My Dungeon Shook" and "Down by the Cross" and examine the social and cultural circumstances today regarding race in America. Write a companion essay to Baldwin's examining how things have changed in the past 50-60 years.
Write a short story or novella that explores the themes in "My Dungeon Shook" and "Down by the Cross." How would you create characters to embody the author's themes?
The Nation of Islam
Develop a project or presentation that examines the Nation of Islam from 1930 to today. How has the organization changed? How has its mission changed?
Look in your local newspaper or archives for an article that involves some aspect of the book and bring it to class. You will present it in front of the class and explain how it relates to the book.
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