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Molefi Kete Asante

A Critical Afrocentric Reader


Edited By James L. Conyers, Jr.

Conceptually, Molefi Kete Asante: A Critical Afrocentric Reader is a reflexive analysis of the editor’s space in higher education over the past three decades. As a historical assessment, this reader is a narrative that offers a constructive perspective of Afrocentricity, as the sheer mention of the word draws reaction and fear from either uniformed or conventional personnel. The book organizes Asante’s writings into four categories: history, mythology, ethos, and motif. Arranged theoretically, these are the four concepts that describe and evaluate culture from an Afrocentric perspective. This study offers an assessment of Asante’s body of literature that continues to position the philosophy and ideals of the Afrocentric movement internationally. In the context of being a public intellectual, the core of Asante’s analysis draws inferences in locating Africana occurrences in place, space, and time. Advancing this idea further, the purpose of these presages is to motivate scholars in the field of Africana studies to contribute to the intellectual history of W. E. B. Du Bois, Maria Stewart, Carter G. Woodson, John Henrik Clarke, and the countless others who have advanced Africana research and writing. For many cynics and associates, the scholarship of Asante has not been thoroughly vetted. Directly or indirectly, Asante offers a foundation of optimism in forming the outliers of breakdown and breakthroughs for victorious thought of an Afrocentric perspective.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Asante, Molefi Kete. author. | Conyers, James L., editor. Title: Molefi Kete Asante: a critical Afrocentric reader / edited by James L. Conyers, Jr. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2017. Series: Black studies and critical thinking, vol. 15 | ISSN 1947-5985 Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2016032917 | ISBN 978-1-4331-1246-1 (hardcover: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-1245-4 (paperback: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4331-4134-8 (ebook pdf) ISBN 978-1-4331-4135-5 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-4136-2 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Afrocentrism. | Africa—Civilization—Study and teaching—United States. | African Americans—Race identity. | Blacks—Race identity. Classification: LCC DT15 .A83 2017 | DDC 960—dc23 LC record available at DOI 10.3726/b10852 Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at

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