Early 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 major argument in this book is as follows: Just as the ideas of Pan-Africanism, birthed by Henry Sylvester-Williams and others in the late 1800s, and Negritude, ushered by Aimé Césaire and others in the early 1900s (most of these major Black thinkers being in the Diaspora), that emboldened many major Black thinkers on the Motherland to push for independence across the continent, so will these early thinkers’ ideas help in the building of a new Africa. The various chapters for this book are the outgrowth of a colloquia series titled “Conceptualizations of Africa by Major Black Diaspora Thinkers: Delineating Ideas for Building a New Africa” presented at the 22nd Annual Conference of the African Studies and Research Forum which convened at the University of West Georgia, Carrollton, Georgia in March of 2018.
(Imprint: Nova)


Chapter 1. Yosef Alfredo Antonio Ben-Jochannan
(Abdul Karim Bangura, American University Center for Global Peace and the African Institution, Washington DC, US)

Chapter 2. Edward Wilmot Blyden
(Abdul Karim Bangura, American University Center for Global Peace and the African Institution, Washington DC, US)

Chapter 3. Alexander Crummell
(Saidat Ilo, University of Houston-Victoria, Texas)

Chapter 4. Martin Robinson Delany
(Elan Mitchell-Gee, United States Federal Government, Washington, DC, US)

Chapter 5. Frederick Douglass
(Artemesia Stanberry, North Carolina Central University, NC, US)

Chapter 6. Marcus Mosiah Garvey
(Junior Hopwood and George Kintiba, Bethel University, McKenzie, TN, US, and others)

Chapter 7. Nicolás Guillén
(Mario D. Fenyo, Bowie State University, MA, US)

Chapter 8. Alain LeRoy Locke
(Walter W. Hill, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, MA, US)

Chapter 9. Booker T. (Taliaferro) Washington
(Lisa K. Brown and Sarita Barton, United States Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC, US)

Chapter 10. Ida Bell Wells-Barnett
(Jennifer Bronson, United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Washington, DC, US)

Chapter 11. Richard Wright
(Lydia Kakwera Levy, African Institution, Washington, DC, US)

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Keywords: African Diaspora, Pan-Africanism, African Nationalism, Black Power, Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, Independence Movement, Anti-Apartheid Movement, Black Liberation Movement

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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