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We Are an African People

Independent Education, Black Power, and the Radical Imagination

Russell Rickford

We Are an African People

We Are an African People

Independent Education, Black Power, and the Radical Imagination

We Are an African People

 

A history of black independent schools as the forge for black nationalism and a vanguard for black sovereignty in the 1960s and 70s.


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Beschrijving We Are an African People

By 1970, more than 60 "Pan African nationalist" schools, from preschools to post-secondary ventures, had appeared in urban settings across the United States. The small, independent enterprises were often accused of teaching hate and were routinely harassed by authorities. Yet these institutions served as critical mechanisms for transmitting black consciousness. Founded by activist-intellectuals, the schools strove not simply to bolster the academic skills and
self-esteem of inner-city African-American youth but also to decolonize minds and embody the principles of self-determination and African identity.

In this book, based on his Bancroft Award-winning dissertation, historian Russell Rickford traces the brief lives of these autonomous black institutions created to claim some of the self-determination that the integrationist civil rights movement had failed to provide. Influenced by Third World theorists and anticolonial movements, organizers of the schools saw formal education as a means of creating a vanguard of young activists devoted to the struggle for black political sovereignty
throughout the world. Most of the schools were short-lived, but their stories have much to tell us about Pan Africanism as a social and intellectual movement and as a key part of an indigenous black nationalism.

A former journalist at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Rickford uses a virtually unknown movement to explore black nationhood and a particularly fertile period of political, cultural, and social revitalization that envisioned an alternate society.


ISBN
9780199861477
Pagina's
400
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NUR
680
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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