We Are an African People: Independent Education, Black Power, and the Radical Imagination

We Are an African People Independent Education Black Power and the Radical Imagination During the height of the Black Power movement of the late s and s dozens of Pan African nationalist private schools from preschools to post secondary ventures appeared in urban settings acr

  • Title: We Are an African People: Independent Education, Black Power, and the Radical Imagination
  • Author: Russell J. Rickford
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  • Page: 273
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  • During the height of the Black Power movement of the late 1960s and 1970s, dozens of Pan African nationalist private schools, from preschools to post secondary ventures, 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 critDuring the height of the Black Power movement of the late 1960s and 1970s, dozens of Pan African nationalist private schools, from preschools to post secondary ventures, 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 and other radicalized veterans of the civil rights movement, 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 foster a vigorous and regenerative sense of African identity In We Are An African People, historian Russell Rickford traces the intellectual lives of these autonomous black institutions, established dedicated to pursuing the self determination that the integrationist civil rights movement had failed to provide Influenced by Third World theorists and anticolonial campaigns, 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 institutions were short lived, and they offered only modest numbers of children a genuine alternative to substandard, inner city public schools Yet their stories reveal much about Pan Africanism as a social and intellectual movement and as a key part of an indigenous black nationalism Rickford uses this largely forgotten movement to explore a particularly fertile period of political, cultural, and social revitalization that strove to revolutionize African American life and envision an alternate society Reframing the post civil rights era as a period of innovative organizing, he depicts the prelude to the modern Afrocentric movement and contributes to the ongoing conversation about urban educational reform, race, and identity.

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    • For a great many people in the World, we look out at it through the prism of some type of religious, social, political, educational, or other kind of unified body of thought. This is our primary way of interpreting, and decoding our World. There is Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, with so many variations and factions within each of these, that it can make a person's head spin. There is Conservatism, Liberalism and Radicalism. There is Marxism and other political lens to look at the World. [...]


    • This book is dense. It's offers as much information as you could want, but because it requires that you're thinking and taking in a lot of information, it is not always an easy read. This is a book meant for people who go into it with a high level of interest in its topic. As someone studying to be an educator, I viewed this information as important for me to know and take in.The one thing I struggled with while reading was keeping track of the dates. The various chapters sometimes jump around i [...]


    • 5 stars because this book does an excellent job of cataloguing and documenting a lesser known part of our history. in terms of readability, it's closer to 3 stars for me because it was so many names, dates, times, and I just couldn't keep it all in my head!


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