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.
Chapter 15: Afrocentricity: The Challenge of Implementation
Afrocentricity: The Challenge of Implementation
The African-American students and scholars who will usher us into the dawn of the 21st century will be greeted by many of the paradoxes which have confronted African people since our entrance of bondage into North America. These paradoxes will be no less problematic than before, and the challenges facing our people over the next century will continue to be of the incredible magnitude that we, as a community of Africans in America, have come to know. As has been the case with each previous generation, this new generation will be called upon to reap the harvest of those who have sown before them and to carry on the process of plowing the fields of time ...