African-American Studies The aspect of African-American Studies is key to the lives of African-Americans and those involved with the welfare of the race. African-American Studies is the systematic and critical study of the multidimensional aspects of Black thought and practice in their current and historical unfolding (Karenga, 21). African-American Studies exposes students to the experiences of African-American people and others of African descent. It allows the promotion and sharing of the African-American culture. However, the concept of African-American Studies, like many other studies that focus on a specific group, gender, and/or creed, poses problems.
Neal was just one of the important writers of the Black Arts Movement era. Other writers, poets, and essayists illustrated a new beginning for the black community to overcome their hardships and to rise up artistically. The concept of Black Power stemmed from the Black Arts Movement. Black Power was a political movement that arose to express a new racial consciousness among Blacks in the United States. Black Power represented a racial dignity leading to freedom from white authority in economic and political grounds.
The Black Arts Movement proved to be a very pivotal, and much needed moment in African-American literature to disrupt a past tradition of humble, prim, “decorous ambassadors” African-American novelist have been categorized as (Wright 1403). During the movement a shift occurred in the perspectives and understanding of African-American novelists and poets. The conscience of the those in literature seemed to have been awakened as they became aware of their social responsibility and influence in the African-American community. The range of the views held by those of the Black Arts Movement varied significantly from the social function of African-American art to a more narrow perspective of what it means to be a black individual and or writer. A great deal of the work created at this time was very opinionated and designed to empower and uplift African-Americans.
IMMANUEL BOATENG Five Concepts that Shape the African American Experience It is argued that “the African-American experience” has been shaped by multiplicity of factors. Scholars and students have identified such factors as race, culture, identity, community, and power and agency as the primary factors that have shaped the African-American experience. Barbara Fields in her article, “Ideology and Race in American History,” analyzes the role that race has played in shaping the African-American experience. Joseph E. Holloway’s “Africanisms in American culture,” gives an analysis on how culture has contributed to the African American experience. W.E.B Du Bois argues in his article, “of our spiritual strivings,” that the role of identity in shaping the African-American experience cannot be overlooked.
The question is, is how did they do it? Who stood up for them? How did African Americans overcome the epochs of oppression? In this paper I will examine the answer, Black Nationalism, its advocates and additional sources, which it was comprised of. The precursor which led to Black Nationalism was the Harlem Renaissance which was an era of new beginning for African Americans through expl... ... middle of paper ... ...tury.
A Paradigm is a struggle to define, develop, and defend the disciple. Within African American studies we see different examples of Paradigms. As expressed by Maulana Karenga, in Black Studies, a paradigm is an analytic, empirical, and ethnical framework for studying, understanding, and explication African American life in its historical and current unfolding. Throughout this week we have discussed various paradigm that refer to the black experience. Each one is both unique and important to the to the development of African and African American Studies.
The NAACP was a founding campaign to stress the importance of equal rights to mainly african americans due to hardship, repression, and ancestral abuse from the birth of this nation, America. In the following paragraphs, I will be discussing how the NAACP developed civil rights in the U.S. and increased the opportunities of minorities most importantly african americans. Also, the foundations of the NAACP will be discussed and its importance as a major black foundation with the help of whites throughout the nation. These paragraphs will institute a basic understanding of the NAACP and contributing factors to the success. I will be explaining the credibility of particular sources with founding information on this civil rights organization.
W.E.B DuBois was one of the black activist and civil rights leader during the 20th century, who would be remembered in black history forever. He published a book by the name of “The Souls of Black Folk”, which included plenty of essays on the topic of race. These essays addressed how African American’s lived during this time period and the struggle they went through to attain equality. In one of the essays that was published in his book, W.E.B DuBois critiques Booker T Washington, another black activist and civil rights leader, and the content of his speech at the Atlanta Compromise. Although W.E.B DuBois raised a strong argument, Booker T Washington’s argument was more convincing during this time period.
Another interesting point that De Walt writes about is how thee definition of an African American has changed over time. Previously an African American would only include someone would is a “generational African American” which are people who have linage that dates back to slavery in the Unites States. Now it includes people that celebrate their US nationality and some other African country such as Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya (De Walt 484). Understanding this change in what it means to be an African American now is important because it highlights the intersectional nature of African students identities. African Students can be both America and African the research will focus on what that look like on a college
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