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Teaching "Black Panther" villain can teach us about revolutionary history

"Black Panther" villain can teach us about revolutionary history

Every good superhero movie must have a memorable super villain. In the smash hit Marvel movie, “Black Panther,” Erik Killmonger is the super villain that the audience loves to hate.\n\nIt may be surprising to hear that we can actually learn a lot about Black History by studying Killmonger. In the character of Killmonger, we see much of the same anger, frustration, and hopes of black people today. Killmonger doesn’t represent a single person from history. His character tells us about the disagreements between black leaders through time. These leaders had different ideas about how to win freedom from slavery, racism, and the bad treatment of black people.

Femi Kolapo, Associate Professor, African History, University of Guelph
The Conversation

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

Is violence ever a good strategy for liberation?
STANDARDS:
RH.2 - Main Ideas

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK) LEVELS:

2,3
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