Contemporary Black Thinkers in the Diaspora and Their Conceptualizations of Africa

Abdul Karim Bangura (Editor)
Center for Global Peace, American University, Washington, DC, US

Series: African Studies
BISAC: SOC056000



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The undergirding postulate of this book is that Afrocentricity and other ideas birthed by major contemporary Black thinkers in the Diaspora, which have given rise to the Africanist Perspective on the Motherland to place Africa at the center of all intellectual discourses pertaining to African people everywhere, while at the same time challenging the pervasive and pernicious Eurocentric myth of African people being inactive agents in history, are wellsprings for helping to build a new Africa. The chapters that comprise this book were presented as part of a colloquia series titled “Conceptualizations of Africa by Major Black Diaspora Thinkers: Delineating Ideas for Building a New Africa” presented at the African Studies and Research Forum’s 22nd Annual Conference that took place at the University of West Georgia, Carrollton, Georgia in March of 2018.
(Imprint: Nova)


Chapter 1. Angela Y. Davis
(Jennifer M. Felder, United States Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC, US)

Chapter 2. Michael Eric Dyson
(Cindy McGee, The African Institution, Washington, DC, US, and others)

Chapter 3. Maulana Karenga
(Cecilia A. M. Adeng, Permanent Mission of the Republic of South Sudan to the United Nations, NY, US)

Chapter 4. Martin Luther King, Jr.
(J-P Afamefuna Ifedi and Grace Umezurike, Howard University, Washington, DC; Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria)

Chapter 5. Malcolm X
(Abdul Karim Bangura, American University Center for Global Peace and the African Institution, Washington, DC, US)

Chapter 6. Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley
(Billie Dee Tate, Ashford University, San Diego, CA, US)

Chapter 7. Toni Morrison
(Janeen C. Guest, African Institution, Washington, DC, US)

Chapter 8. Walter Rodney
(Trevin London, The African Institution, Washington, DC, US, and others)

Chapter 9. Peter Tosh
(Stacey-Ann Wilson, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica)

Chapter 10. Sir Derek Alton Walcott
(Julietta Raymond and Ruth D. J. Albert, Ministry of Social Equity, Justice, Youth Development and Sports and Research and Social Policy Institute, Inc., St. Lucia, and others)

Chapter 11. Alice Walker
(Camonia R. Graham-Tutt, University of Hawaii West Oahu, Hawaii)

Chapter 12. Cornel Ronald West
(Camonia R. Graham-Tutt, University of Hawaii West Oahu, Hawaii)

Chapter 13. Eric Eustace Williams
(Nichelle S. Williams, Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, Virginia)

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Keywords: African Diaspora, Pan-Africanism, African Nationalism, Black Power, Independence Movement, Kwanzaa, Anti-Apartheid Movement, Black Liberation, Womanism, Gender Equality, Globalization

The book will be suitable as a main or supplementary text for undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in African/Afro-American/African American/Africana/Black Studies, Social Studies, and Ethnic Studies. It also will be useful to professors teaching about and scholars doing research in these areas. In addition, policy makers in these areas will be interested in the valuable information that the book provides. Furthermore, relevant political activists and advocacy groups will be interested in the book to pursue their objectives.

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