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 2: A Philosophical Basis for an Afrocentric Orientation
A Philosophical Basis for an Afrocentric Orientation
By now, it is common knowledge that an Afrocentric orientation is one which places the interests and needs of African people at the center of any discussion. The awesome and ongoing intellectual contributions of Maulana Karenga; the works of several African American psychologists—particularly Wade Nobles, Asa Hilliard, Naim Akbar and Linda James Myers; and most certainly the work of Molefi Asante—all provide examples of how Afrocentric orientations structure ethical, psychological, socioeconomic and cultural analyses. This chapter proposes to indicate basic philosophical assumptions which seem to structure the application of all Afrocentric approaches. It does not critique the work of Afrocentric scholars—though such an essay would certainly be useful. Rather, the writer's assertions ...