Morehouse College, the only all-male historically black institution of higher learning in the US (and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s alma mater), will soon offer its first course dedicated to African-American LGBT history and culture.
The introduction of the course was a joint effort between the student gay/straight alliance and advocacy group, SafeSpace, Chair of the Morehouse Sociology Department Dr. Michael Hodge and Yale University professor Dr. Jafari S. Allen.
According to Morehouse’s newspaper, The Maroon Tiger:
The course is expected to outline various key concepts in Black feminism and critical cultural theory and methodology. Described as “an interdisciplinary survey of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) culture and politics” in the course’s syllabus, the class will serve as an in-depth look into critical, social and cultural theory that will vastly benefit the Morehouse community.
“We’re not here to make people feel comfortable,” said SafeSpace President Kenneth Pass, “we’re here to make people think and this course will foster a much needed discussion about the Black experience through an LGBT lens here within Morehouse’s walls.”
The course will be offered starting with the Spring 2013 semester.