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African-Centric Paradigm, Edward Wilmot Blyden’s Influence on

Historical analysis reveals that the African-centric paradigm is the logical result of a cumulative heritage of African intellectual, cultural, and political resistance to Europeanization. Rising out of that resistance, certain African personalities have profoundly influenced African thinking in ways that have defined and expanded the parameters of African-centric discourse. Edward Wilmot Blyden’s intellectual contributions to the expansion of African intellectual and cultural sovereignty fall within this category.

Edward Wilmot Blyden

Edward Wilmot Blyden (1832–1912), born on the island of St. Thomas in the Danish West Indies, was among the leading Black intellectuals and vociferous advocates for the restoration of the African continent. Primarily recognized as one of the most significant Pan-African theoreticians of the 19th and early 20th century, he is far less ...

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