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The Case against Afrocentrism$
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Tunde Adeleke

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604732931

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604732931.001.0001

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Afrocentric Consciousness and Historical Memory

Afrocentric Consciousness and Historical Memory

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The Case against Afrocentrism

Tunde Adeleke

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines manifestations of Afrocentric consciousness among black Americans and their relation to historical memory. More specifically, it analyzes the depth, potency, and validity of Afrocentric consciousness as an identitarian and unifying construct for Diaspora blacks and continental Africans. It highlights the conflicted and contradictory character of Afrocentric consciousness and the weak and fragile historical foundation of Afrocentricity. It suggests that the Afrocentric genre was neither consistently defended by nor deeply rooted in the consciousness of African Americans despite its combative and domineering nature.

Keywords:   historical memory, Afrocentric consciousness, blacks, Africans, Afrocentricity, African Americans

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