By Janice Hamlet
During this well timed quantity, editor Janice D Hamlet has selected essays which remove darkness from quite a few points of African American tradition, refracted throughout the lens of Afrocentric suggestion. The e-book examines: Afrocentric ideology and technique; Afrocentric methods to the dynamics of conversation; the Afrocentric impression at the black aesthetic, with an exam of language, literature, oral culture, videos and tv; and the way forward for Afrocentric visions.
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The period from 1865 to 1877 was a time of significant changes affecting the status of the enslaved African. In 1865, the 13th amendment to the constitution, which abolished slavery, was passed by Congress. In 1868, the 14th amendment was passed, that gave the enslaved African citizenship rights, and in 1870, the 15th amendment was added to the constitution, “securing” the right to vote for the newly formed group of African Americans. Also, during this time the Civil Rights Bill of 1875 gave African Americans the right to equal treatment in inns, public conveyances, theaters and other places of public amusement.
Consciousness in this sense means the way an individual (or a people) think about relationships with self, others, with nature, and with some superior idea or Being. Certainly, the idea that consciousness determines being or the definition this writer gives to consciousness is not new A variety of expressions drawn from classical and vernacular African and African American culture speak to this phenomenon. For example, the ancient Egyptian assertion, “Man Know Theory Self,” indicates that the way one sees (thinks about and conceptualizes) the world precedes and determines life chances more so than exposure to or deprivation from various material conditions.
It should be noted here that no one is necessarily born with a full-blown Afrocentric orientation, complete with an articulated ontology and epistemology. It should also be noted that people more directly of African descent (by whatever combination of scientific and cultural measures that seem appropriate) are more likely to be predisposed to an Afrocentric direction than are those who are of European or Asian descent. Nonetheless, people who are of European descent-Count Volney, De Lubicz, Gerald Massey, Melville Herskovits, Martin Bernal, and others are examples-can have an Afrocentric orientation.
Afrocentric Visions: Studies in Culture and Communication by Janice Hamlet