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1 AFROCENTRICISM

2 Afrocentricism Molefi Kete Asante: Temple University Afrocentrism, is a world view that considers African peoples, their cultures, histories, collective struggles, needs and aspirations, to be central to the interpretation and utilization of data. Afrocentrists commonly contend that approaching knowledge from a Eurocentrist perspective, as well as certain mainstream assumptions in the application of information in the West, has led to injustices and inadequacies in meeting the needs of African peoples, meaning indigenous, Black Africans and the peoples of the African diaspora.

3 Ron Karenga

4 Afrocentricism As a result, the Afrocentrist paradigm is one which seeks to discover and also reinterpret information through African eyes, utilizing it in ways that inure to the benefit of Black people. As an ideology and scholarly and social movement, the Afrocentrist paradigm has its beginnings among Black intellectuals, political figures and historians in the practice of history and social and political activism.

5 Black Athena Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization is a work by Martin Bernal. It expounds a hypothesis that ancient Greece, and hence Western civilization, derived much of its cultural roots from Afroasiatic (Egyptian and Phoenician) cultures. The work was published in three volumes. Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization is a work by Martin Bernal. It expounds a hypothesis that ancient Greece, and hence Western civilization, derived much of its cultural roots from Afroasiatic (Egyptian and Phoenician) cultures. The work was published in three volumes.

6 Martin Bernal Martin Bernal is Professor Emeritus of Ancient Eastern Mediterranean Studies at Cornell University. Martin Bernal (b. 1937) claims classical civilization in Ancient Greece was founded on Afroasiatic and Semitic cultures, and not indigenous. Martin Bernal is Professor Emeritus of Ancient Eastern Mediterranean Studies at Cornell University. Martin Bernal (b. 1937) claims classical civilization in Ancient Greece was founded on Afroasiatic and Semitic cultures, and not indigenous.

7 Cheikh Anta Diop Cheikh Anta Diop (1923–1986) was a Senegalese historian and anthropologist who studied the human race's origins and pre-colonial African culture. He has been considered both one of the greatest African historians of the 20th century, and a racialist scientist. On 7 February 1986, Diop, who was called a "modern pharaoh" of African studies, died in his sleep in Dakar. Cheikh Anta Diop (1923–1986) was a Senegalese historian and anthropologist who studied the human race's origins and pre-colonial African culture. He has been considered both one of the greatest African historians of the 20th century, and a racialist scientist. On 7 February 1986, Diop, who was called a "modern pharaoh" of African studies, died in his sleep in Dakar.

8 The African Origin of Civilization Diop's first work, The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality, was published in He argued that ancient Egypt had in fact been a Black African culture. He claimed that archaeological and anthropological evidence supported his Afrocentric view that Pharaohs were of “Negroid” origin.

9 Criticism of Afrocentricism Some Western mainstream scholars have assessed some Afrocentric ideas as pseudohistorical, especially claims regarding Ancient Egypt as contributing directly to the development of Greek and Western culture.

10 Critic: Clarence Walker


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