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Afrocentricity is a worldview in which people of African descent (Blacks, Afro-Brazilians, African Americans, Ghanaians, etc.) are seen as Africans capable of asserting their human agency and maintaining both psychological and physical sovereignty via the precepts of African cultures (Akan, Yoruba, Zulu, etc.). Afrocentricity is rooted in historical Black nationalistic movements such as Pan-Africanism and Negritude. Scholars such as Yosef ben Jochannan, Wade Nobles, and Jacob Carruthers are among the originators of the term, and earlier scholars employed African-centered orientations to data. Molefi Kete Asante popularized the term in the 1980s. Words such as Africentric and African-centered are used by some in the Black power movements and reflect similar and sometimes identical orientations to data.

Reclaiming Cultural Sovereignty

From an African-centered perspective, African ...

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