This course is part of the John Hope Franklin Distinguished Lecture, which is given annually during Black History Month. The first lecture (1987) was given by the eminent American historian Dr. C. Vann Woodward of Yale University. His topic was W.E.B. DuBois. Students are required to read one book or three scholarly articles on the topic of the lecture. Students are to also meet three times with the professor coordinating the directed readings.