The Black intellectual tradition : African American thought in the twentieth century / edited by Derrick P. Alridge, Cornelius L. Bynum, and James B. Stewart.

Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2021]
316 pages ; 24 cm


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"From 1900 to the present, people of African descent living in the United States have drawn on homegrown and diasporic minds to create a Black intellectual tradition engaged with ideas on race, racial oppression, and the world. This volume presents essays on the diverse thought behind the fight for racial justice as developed by African American artists and intellectuals; performers and protest activists; institutions and organizations; and educators and religious leaders. By including both women's and men's perspectives from the U.S. and the Diaspora, the essays explore the full landscape of the Black intellectual tradition. Throughout, contributors engage with important ideas ranging from the consideration of gender within the tradition, to intellectual products generated outside the intelligentsia, to the ongoing relationship between thought and concrete effort in the quest for liberation"-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Introduction / Derrick P. Alridge, Cornelius L. Bynum, and James B. Stewart
  • Part I. Scholarship and education
  • 1. African American intellectual history: the past as a porthole into the present and future of the field / Pero Gaglo Dagbovie
  • 2. Afrocentricity and autobiography: historiographical interventions into black intellectual traditions / Aaron David Gresson III
  • Part II. Arts and letters
  • Introduction / Leonard Harris
  • 3. Singing IS swinging: the soul force of twentieth-century black protest music / Jeffrey Lamar Coleman
  • 4. The post-Civil Rights Era and the rise of contemporary novels of slavery / Venetria K. Patton
  • 5. Letters to our daughters: black women's memoirs as epistles as human rights, healing, and inner peace / Stephanie Y. Evans
  • Part III. Social activism and institutions
  • Introduction / Nikki M. Taylor
  • 6. Into the Kpanguima: questing for the roots of womanism in West African women's social and spiritual formations / Layli Maparyan
  • 7. New negro messengers in Dixie: James Ivy, Thomas Dabney, and black cultural criticism in the postwar US South, 1919-1930 / Claudrena N. Harold
  • 8. Tackling the talented tenth: black Greek-lettered organizations and the black new South / Maurice J. Hobson
  • Part IV. Identity and ideology
  • Introduction / R. Baxter Miller
  • 9. A new Afrikan nation in the western hemisphere: Black Power, the Republic of New Afrika, and the pursuit of independence / Edward Onaci
  • 10. "A certain bond between the colored peoples": internationalism and the black intellectual tradition / Keisha N. Blain
  • 11. Black conservative dissent / La Tasha B. Levy
  • 12. Postracialism and its discontents: Barack Obama and the new "American dilemma" / Zebulon Vance Miletsky
  • Contributors
  • Index.
Other title(s)
African American thought in the twentieth century
  • 9780252043857 ((hardcover))
  • 0252043855 ((hardcover))
  • 9780252085840 ((paperback))
  • 0252085841 ((paperback))
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