AMST 111 Essay 3: Due 3/28/16 Background reading please read these 4 short pieces before you read the assigned text: The Disappearance of a Distinctively Black Way ?to Mourn, The Atlantic Magazine. http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/01/black-funeral-homes-mourning/426807/. Ferraro, Examining the African American Way of Death and Business, Mason Research. https://masonresearch.gmu.edu/2011/03/examining-the-african-american-way-of-death-and-business/ Rose, Black History Month: African-American funeral directors as community leaders, New Jersey Online. http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/02/black_history_month_african-am.html The African-American Funeral Director, Discussions about Death. POV. http://www.pbs.org/pov/homegoings/african-american-funeral-director/. Assigned reading: Suzanne Smith. To Serve the Living: Funeral Directors and the African American Way of Death, pages 1-66, 156-193 Essay Instructions: In three-to-four typed pages, answer the following questions: What is the focus of Suzanne Smith s study of Black funeral directors and the African American Way of Death? (What is she trying to explain to her readers?) What is Smith s main argument about the role of Black funeral professionals in the African Community and civil rights movement? According to Smith, how specifically are the histories of the African American funeral industry and the modern civil rights movement interconnected? Identify one main way that they are connected and describe the connection. In your view, how does and/or doesn t Smith contribute to our understanding of African American deathways? Be specific in your remarks.