Africana Womanism & Race & Gender in the Presidential Candidacy of Barack Obama

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AuthorHouse, 2008 - Social Science - 158 pages
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Obama's American Dream--Non-Discrimination, Economic Salvation & Humanity A Blueprint for the Restoration of America's Global Image and Leadership Columbia, MO-Africana Womanism & Race & Gender in the Presidential Candidacy of Barack Obama, advocating unity as a panacea for all societal ills, expounds on an authentic paradigm for all African Diaspora women. Clenora Hudson-Weems, PhD, uses Africana Womanism as a template for interpreting political activity, particularly the current controversial debates surrounding the Nation's 1st Black nominee for the Democratic Party for President of the United States of America, Barack Obama. The story of authenticity, human survival, economic security & racial healing for all, this book logically moves from the proper naming & defining of the Africana woman in Part One, to commentaries in Part Two on the biggest obstacle for our society--racism. The book exposes how this phenomenon insidiously impacts upon personal & public relationships, culminating in the current historical moment, as it unfolds in the ascendance of a Black man, Senator Barack Obama, to candidacy of presidency for the USA with his wife, Michelle, the potential 1st Lady. With the mission of restoring America's image and leadership once again in the global world, he has the potential of becoming one of the best U. S. Presidents ever. President & CEO of Hip Hop Culture, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., who wrote the Foreword, refers to Clenora as "profound in her discourse;" Atty. Alvin O. Chambliss, Jr., who wrote the Afterword, quotes her as saying "There is a great difference between discrimination by privilege & protection and discrimination by deprivation & exclusion;" Lillian Smith, Emmy Award Winner as former producer of T.V. Talk show, DONAHUE, acknowledges Clenora's "spiritual sense of genuine sisterhood;" & Barry Morrow, Oscar Award-Winning Co-Writer of Rain Man, calls her "a seasoned social, cultural, and political thinker."
 

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Muthoni Kimani-Cape Peninsula University of Technology-Design Department, RSA/Kenya.
Clenora Hudson Weems has succinctly captured the power and essence of the power to "be" to "esse" the self that is
denied to Africana women and men equally in a race-driven, race-based world. It is noteworthy has the book reveals how the election of an Africana(American) president becomes a spectacle when it merely refers to just another humane (Swahili-"utu") activity in governing his environment an occassion that should not be accompanied by accolade since it is a given and a birthright of all humans="abantu"-in an "ubuntu"(human-"watu" as opposed to "beast" governed) world. But because the right to govern self and ones environment is denied to Africana people, this event of the election is laced with the eternal vice in the web of racist connotations of an achievement only because the "mtu"=person is Africana. The book clearly shows the ongoing vice of racism and racist ideologies that makes the task of Self-Naming by Africana people, using Africana peoples "language"=discursive lingo, that much more urgent. The writer Clenora Hudson Weems reminds us as Africana people that African women were always important guardians of Africana "homestead"-cultural worldview. It is with much pleasure that such a theory is made available to us as Africana scholars as a light to pave the way for advancing an Africana "language of discourse". I agree with Barry Morrow that Professor Clenora Hudson Weems makes the Africana textual and knowledge fabric worthy of our weaving to wear with confidence. Bravo! A great book and a great Theoretical tool for Africana scholars. 

Contents

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Foreword Atty Alvin O Chambliss Jr The Last Original
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Introduction
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SelfNaming SelfDefinition
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Chapter Three The 18 Descriptors of the Africana Womanist
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Chapter Four The Africana Womanist Male Counterpart
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Chapter Five Genuine Sisterhood or Lack Thereof
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The Africana Family and a Call for Racial
99
Chapter Ten Barack Obama a New Star in the African
153
Afterword Rev Lennox Yearwood Jr President
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About the Author
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