Coming of Age While Black

Subject code


Course Number



C. Nero

Course Long Title

Coming of Age While Black

Cross Listed Courses


This course proceeds from the premise that coming of age while Black is fraught with the dangers created by a system of anti-black surveillance. Students examine "coming-of-age" memoirs and films that began during the era of the U.S. civil rights movement in the 1950s. Typically, the films and memoirs in this sub-genre feature a young Black protagonist, often a teen, navigating, sometimes successfully but not always, a world defined by intersecting oppressions created by race, class, gender, sexuality, and/or colonial identity.

Modes of Inquiry

Analysis and Critique [AC], Historical and Social Inquiry [HS]

Writing Credit

No writing credit

Departmental Course Attributes - Major/Minor Requirements

(Africana: Diaspora), (Africana: Gender), (Africana: Historical Persp.)

INDS Program Relationship

IDAF - AFR Program

GEC This Course Belongs To