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Asante examines the approach and rationale for Afrocentric education in the United States. He describes public schools as failing to accommodate the needs of all African American children. , ed. Afrocentricity and the Academy: Essays on Theory and Practice. : McFarland, 2003. Collection of essays by leading academics exploring the intersection between scholarship and activism and the role of Afrocentricity in the academy. Edwards, Ralph. ” Social Policy 22 (Winter, 1992): 37-39. Argues that the plight of the African American in urban communities remained virtually unchanged during the 1980’s, because the African American voice was never taken seriously.

New York: Routledge, 1991. Important overview of the development of African American feminist theory that analyzes Hooks’s writing and places it in its larger context. ” In The Second Wave: A Reader in Feminist Theory, edited by Linda Nicholson. New York: Routledge, 1997. Manifesto of black feminist theory and practice that includes an overview of the history of the movement as well as forward-looking programmatic statements. Ellis, Becky. ’” Briarpatch 36, no. 2 (March/April, 2007): 8-11. Argues against Hooks’s attempt to fashion a feminism that welcomes everyone; claims that by making feminism nonthreatening, such a stance blunts its political effectivity.

Asante declares that Eurocentricity is based on white supremacist notions that protect white privilege and advantage in education, economics, and politics while suppressing historical truths. Eurocentricity, Asante argues, in effect declares that all other groups’ perspectives are nullified if they do not support and propel white supremacy. Afrocentricity, on the other hand, relishes letting the truth be known. One major way to acknowledge such truth, Asante says, would be through the exhaustive and accurate study of Africans throughout the diaspora.

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