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Andrea J. Burney, APR

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DANVILLE, VA, August 7, 2015 – Experience American history through the voices of African-American writers from the colonial days to the Harlem Renaissance this fall in a Danville Community College class. Enroll in "Survey of African American Literature" (ENG 253-H50), taught by Instructor of English Kyesha Jennings, who says she is eager to bring back the course offering to the DCC campus after a 10-year hiatus.

“The literary canon is filled with multicultural faces and identities, despite what many curriculums include. It is beyond important to expose students to a variety of cultures,? Jennings explains. “My specific goal is to allow students of all racial backgrounds to have a better understanding of the contributions African Americans have made to literary history. I am excited and feel honored to be able to bring a chunk of diversity to DCC and hope students take advantage of an opportunity to either learn more about their own culture or challenge themselves to experience, understand and appreciate another culture.?

“Survey of African American Literature? is a critical study of the African-American experience throughout American history through the examination of the literary works of African Americans in a wide variety of genres– poetry, fiction, drama, autobiographical narratives, essays, and journals, as well as vernacular forms – blues, gospel, spirituals, folktales, sermons, testimonies, speeches, and film. Students will identify the social, political, and racial challenges unique to African Americans, and demonstrate critical thinking, reading and writing skills by analyzing literary and artistic themes.

The class meets on Wednesdays from 6:00 until 7:15 p.m. in Taylor 203A, starting Aug. 26. The course will be taught in a hybrid format, using a combination of face-to-face classroom instruction and online learning.

Jennings holds a Master of Arts Degree in English and African American Literature from North Carolina A&T State University – Greensboro, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary English Education from Lincoln University.

For more information, call the Division of Arts and Sciences at 434.797.8462 or click here or visit the website.


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