Afrocentricity—the placement of African values and ideals at the center of the discussion surrounding African culture, discourse, and behavior—is an important framework that has emerged over the past decade. In this timely volume, editor Janice D. Hamlet has chosen essays that illuminate various aspects of African American culture, refracted through the lens of Afrocentric thought. In Part I, the basics of Afrocentric ideology and methodology are examined. Part II focuses on Afrocentric approaches to the dynamics of communication. The Afrocentric influence on the black aesthetic is covered in Part III, with an examination of language, literature, oral tradition, movies, and television. Part IV provides a glimpse into the future of Afrocentric visions.
Part IV: Where Do We Go from Here? Challenges and Implications of the Afrocentric Perspective
Part IV raises the question of where we go from here in three chapters that challenge the reader's thinking about African American studies, the Afrocentric perspective, and locating one's place in society and the world.
Victor Okafor (Chapter 13) offers some functional implications to the implementation of Afrocentricity in the African American community.
In Chapter 14, Peter Nwosu, Donald Taylor, and Cecil Blake discuss several conceptual and methodological issues that plague research and suggest elements to be included in any new African-based research.
Na'im Akbar argues in Chapter 15 that there is a challenge in implementing an Afrocentric perspective. Those coming from the ...