African American Essay Topics

Type II Diabetes in African Americans

Introduction                                   The 1986 report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Black and Minority Health called notice to the upsetting excess morbidity as well as mortality from chronic illnesses for instance non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM), cancer, and heart disease… View Article

Rhetorical Analysis of “I Have a Dream”

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln oversaw the passage of the Emancipation Proclamation. Although all black slaves were freed by this proclamation, unfortunately, the oppression towards African Americans was far from over. It wasn’t until the mid 1900’s that African Americans took a stand against this ongoing segregation and racism. Amongst all the civil rights leaders that… View Article

Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

Between the years of 1932 and 1972, the United States Public Health Service conducted a study of untreated syphilis on black men in Macon County, Alabama. Although these men were not purposely infected with the disease, the USPH service did recruit physicians, white and black, to NOT treat those men already diagnosed. It was felt… View Article

The Comparison of Langston and Angelou

The writing styles of Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes are very similar, evident in Angelou’s poem, “Africa” and Hughes’s poem, “Negro”. Even from the titles, you can see that these poems will be about African Americans, unsurprising considering the authors. Both are activists of letting the world know of the abuse that African Americans have… View Article

Depression and African-American Men

First of all it is important to understand what really constitutes depression. All of us feel down from time to time perhaps based on having a “bad day”. However when feelings of sadness last for several weeks, months, or years, and are accompanied by other symptoms such as change of appetite, isolation from family and… View Article

American jail

Prejudice is defined as “a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue (“Prejudice,” 2005). ” A person may assume, for example, that all individuals suffering from AIDS are filthy and must be ignored; or all Africans are unintelligent. The Nazis had similarly supposed that all Jews are worthless and stupid, and therefore must be… View Article

Plight of African Americans

African Americans plight throughout U. S. history begin as early in the 1400-s and ending in the 1700-s. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln freed slaves in the southern states through the Emancipation Proclamation. African Americans endured many hardships such as not having rights to vote, social inequalities of African Americans were violated, equal social status,… View Article

Hate It or Love It

In 1972 the Cross Bronx Expressway was completed; this marked the separation of the southern Bronx and was followed by the “Bronx is burning” which began the downward spiral for this urban, African American neighborhood. Around the same time hip-hop was founded and became an outlet for the frustrations of the poor, suffering people of… View Article

Martin Luther King Memorial in Yerba Buena Gardens

Situated on the corner of 4th St. and Mission St., in downtown San Francisco is Yerba Buena Gardens. Sounds from the hustle and bustle of cars driving and people walking permeate Yerba Buena Gardens, except in one particular location. In one corner of the gardens stands a Martin Luther King Jr. memorial. The memorial is… View Article

Mlk Letter from Birmingham

Martin Luther King Jr. was the acknowledged leader of the American Civil Rights Movement. King earned several degrees and was a bright man. His “Letter from Birmingham Jail” was written in April 1963, while he was in jail in Birmingham, Alabama, for acts of civil disobedience (499). His letter is a response to a letter… View Article

Racism: African American Races

A social problem is a condition that at least some people in a community view as being undesirable. A big social problem in the world told would have to be racism. Some say that racism doesn’t exist but it does. Racism is a very strong word to use I have to say, but there have… View Article

Strange Fruit

The song “Strange Fruit” was first exposed as a poem written by Abel Meeropol who may be better recognized under his alias, Lewis Allan. “Strange Fruit” was finalized in the late 1930s, the same time that African- Americans in the South were being lynched by white supremacist groups in the days of America’s post- Abolition… View Article

Colored People

The “I have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr. is considered one of the most memorable speeches of all time. The speech was given August 28th, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Some say that it was an effective speech and some say it wasn’t. In his speech Martin Luther King… View Article

Katznelson White

Ira Katznelson in his article, “When Affirmative Action was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America” published in 2005 by W. W. Norton & Company, London, gives his take on how services were rendered to ex-soldiers of the Second World War. In a nutshell, Katznelson strongly believes that the GI Bill which… View Article

African American and Obama

In “A More Perfect Union’”, a speech given by Barack Obama, there are multiple issues addressed, with race being the biggest of them all. In Obama’s speech, his main focus is the issue of racism, and he touches on the examples of racism today and how we should cope with these problems. Obama uses various… View Article

African American Literature

African American writing is outstandingly interesting, and very informative. All African American writers observe cultural dealing in related and diverse understandings. The three stories that I decided to talk about in this task is “To my old Master” by Jourdon Anderson, “My White Folks Treated us Good” by Marriah Hines, and “If we must die”… View Article

American Popular Culture

American popular culture has brought entertainment to many for the past two centuries. However, very little people know the extent to which American popular culture has shaped the historical relationship between marginalized social groups and dominate American society. Traditionally, the term popular culture has denoted the education level and general “cultural-ness” of the lower classes,… View Article

African American Literature

Throughout this semester in African American Literature we have read and analyzed many different literary works from The Norton Anthology of African American Literature by Henry Louis Gates Jr. We have discussed several of them in class either as a whole or in groups. I thoroughly enjoyed gaining useful knowledge about my own culture and… View Article

Obesity in Black American Women

Culture, Biology and Lifestyle Cause Forty Nine Percent of Black American Women to be Obese Abstract. Obesity is a major factor in health today. Certain ethnic groups and genders suffer from obesity more than others. Around 49% of all Black American women are classified obese today. There are many reasons for this. But the three… View Article

Women in American History

Women in America have had several different roles among society. Some women have had worse roles than others depending race, and ethnicity. No matter the background, marital status, or social position women in general strived for better lives. Women wanted more freedom to voice their own minds, opinions, and expectations. As the years passed new… View Article

Racism: African American Races

A social problem is a condition that at least some people in a community view as being undesirable. A big social problem in the world told would have to be racism. Some say that racism doesn’t exist but it does. Racism is a very strong word to use I have to say, but there have… View Article

Final Paper African Americans

Through out history there has been a struggle for African Americans to be accepted in our society. An African American endures many more disadvantages than most white people. The media and other sources have made blacks to look the same and has portrayed them in a certain light that may not be fitting to all… View Article

African Americans health disparities

In 2011, the diagnosis rate for HIV cases in the United States was 15. 8 per 100,000 population and 60. 4 among Blacks. Of 197,090 diagnoses of HIV-infection from 2008- 2011, Blacks/African Americans accounted for: ?47% OF THE TOTAL ?64% OF WOMEN ?66% OF INFECTIONS ATTRIBUTED TO HETEROSEXUAL CONTACT ?67% OF CHILDREN, AGES < 13… View Article

Whats Your Name, Girl?

The essay written is about the excerpt “What’s Your name, Girl?” and on how Marguerite Angelou shows the importance of names. There are many way on how our names serve us. One of the most visible ways a name serves us is that it gives us personality. In the story read, there was emphasis on… View Article

Jim Crow laws

African Americans No matter where or when a person lives, skin color, beliefs, class, or history he/she will see a difference in the way every ethnic group is treated. This world has never been fair for anyone. Life can treat a person with the greatest of care or it will treat a person as if… View Article

American Modernization

Modernization. This has been a feared word in the past and even today. For example, in the Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gatsby is trapped living in the past and is disillusioned by modernization. Additionally, in the story A Rose for Emily, Emily is also afraid of modernization because she is trying to escape… View Article

Acting White

Bill Cosby puts all African Americans in the category of ignorant and ghetto, living in the lower class. In the text he often attacks single mothers with no father in the household. Also, he attacks innocent children with bad parenting. I believe Cosby makes such statements because most of them are true. Even though I… View Article

The White House

Otherness is the act of one group or individual viewing another as inferior because of apparent differences, often to bestow feelings of self-importance on themselves. Otherness can be found in a variety of forms. The person or group labeled as “other” may be different race, religion, social class, etc. Claude McKay’s poem “White House” is… View Article

I’m African American, Not Ghetto Yet I’m “White”

I’m African American, Not Ghetto Yet I’m “White”? Stereotypes are a part of the reason why people are so judgmental today. In the world, speaking “like” an African American usually refer to slang/illiterate terms while speaking Caucasian would refer to intelligence. The stereotype I chose, “If you’re black but don’t act ghetto you’re considered “white”;… View Article