By James L. Conyers

The chapters during this textual content include biographical sketches of formerly unknown (or lesser identified) African-Americans, between them common Daniel Chappie James Jr; William Levi Dawson (composer); Vinnette Carroll (director and playwright); and Elizabeth Ross Haynes (political speaker and activist).

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Dawson’s musical contributions are evidence of the long black struggle in America for intellectual and creative growth and development while overcoming the historical burdens of racism, segregation, and discrimination in American life against black people. Five scholars in this volume contribute studies that explore the importance of using oral history narratives and biography to reach large numbers of students and lay persons in the wider local communities of this nation. Clement London uses oral history techniques to give a portrait of life in twentieth-century Trinidad, a significant nation in the Caribbean region.

Nancy Dawson, Professor Joye Knight, Dr. Phyliss Cunningham, Dr. John Wanzenried, Dr. Darryl Lewis, Dr. Carol Mitchell, Mr. George Dilliard, Mr. Ben Gray, Dr. Brenda Council, Dr. Earnie Chambers, Mrs. Lous Thomas, Dr. Mary Mudd, Professor Barbara Hewins-Maroney, Dr. David Hinton, Mr. Russell and Mrs. Bettye Jackson, Mr. John Brown, and to countless others who have been supportive of the mission and thrust of the Afrocentric enterprise. Part I Intellectual Biography 1 Maulana Karenga, Kawaida, and Phenomenology An Intellectual Study James L.

1994. Yurugu. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press. Asante, Molefi K. 1988. Afrocentricity. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press. ——. 1990. Kernet, Afrocentricity, and Knowledge. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press. , and Kariamu Welsh-Asante, eds. 1985. African Culture: The Rhythm of Unity. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1985. Cooper, David E. 1996. World Philosophies. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. Fanon, Frantz. 1995. “Race and Culture,” in Fred L. , I Am Because We Are. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press.

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