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.

Understanding African American Oratory: Manifestations of Nommo

Understanding African American oratory: Manifestations of nommo
Janice D.Hamlet

On July 17, 1984, following a serious bid for the nation's highest position, the Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson climaxed his historic political campaign by electrifying the audience as a keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention. Speaking before the largest audience of his career, the self-styled politician offered the American public words of healing, humility, and unity. It was considered his greatest oratorical triumph.

Although Jackson's speech was effective, White communication scholars, political commentators, and journalists had difficulty analyzing Jackson's rhetorical style. Techniques such as deviating from the text, the use of rhyme and rhythm, repetition, and other nuances left them bewildered, and because they did not understand it they chose to ...

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