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The Handbook of Black Studies is the first resource to bring together research and scholarship in the field of African-American studies in one volume. Editors Molefi Kete Asante and Maulana Karenga, along with a pre-eminent group of contributors, examine various aspects of the field of Black Studies. Organized into three parts, this Handbook explores historical and cultural foundations, philosophical and conceptual bases, and critical and analytical concepts.

The Field, Function, and Future of Africana Studies: Critical Reflections on its Mission, Meaning, and Methodology
The field, function, and future of africana studies: Critical reflections on its mission, meaning, and methodology

In raising the questions of the field, function, and future of Africana Studies, it is important to remember and duly respect W. E. B. Du Bois's admonition to begin to seek answers to present questions by exploring the historical background and directional development of the object under study. He (Du Bois, 1905) states that

we can only understand the present by continually referring to and studying the past, when any one of the intricate phenomena of our daily lives puzzle us; when there arises religious problems, political problems, race problems, we must always remember that ...

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