African Intellectual Heritage: A Book of Sources

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Temple University Press, 1996 - History - 828 pages
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Organized by major themes—such as creation stories, and resistance to oppression—this collection gather works of imagination, politics and history, religion, and culture from many societies and across recorded time. Asante and Abarry marshal together ancient, anonymous writers whose texts were originally written on stone and papyri and the well-known public figures of more recent times whose spoken and written words have shaped the intellectual history of the diaspora.
Within this remarkably wide-ranging volume are such sources as prayers and praise songs from ancient Kemet and Ethiopia along with African American spirituals; political commentary from C.L.R. James, Malcolm X, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Joseph Nyerere; stirring calls for social justice from David Walker, Abdias Nacimento, Franzo Fanon, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Featuring newly translated texts and ocuments published for the first time, the volume also includes an African chronology, a glossary, and an extensive bibliography. With this landmark book, Asante and Abarry offer a major contribution to the ongoing debates on defining the African canon. Author note:Molefi Kete Asanteis Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Temple University and author of several books, includingThe Afrocentric Idea(Temple) andThe Historical and Cultural Atlas of African Americans.Abu S. Abarryis Assistant Chair of African American Studies at Temple University.
 

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Contents

PART ONE The Creation of the Universe
14
Vision of the Universe 2 7
27
The Creation
53
NEFERROHU
63
Selections from the Papyrus of Ani
71
HAREMHAB
79
Selections from the Book of Henok Enoch
86
ABU SHARDOW ABARRY
92
MARIA W STEWART
397
The Life and Times of Anton Wilhelm Amo the First African Black
424
WENI
446
WILLIAM E ABRAHAM
452
MENSAH SARBAH
462
EDWARD WILMOT BLYDEN
470
Christianity and the Negro Race
477
BOOKER T WASHINGTON
483

WANDE ABIMBOLA
98
MENSAH SARBAH
107
QUEEN HATSHEPSUT
114
Yoruba Praises to Ogun
117
Kouroukan Fougan or the Division of the World by Sundiata
131
MAZISI KUNENE
151
OLAUDAH EQUIANO
176
MARTIN DELANY
189
AIME CESAIRE
202
JOHN HENRIK CLARKE
218
FRANTZ FANON
236
PETER SARPONG
251
The Principal Issues in Afrocentric Inquiry
256
Genetic Linguistic Connections of Ancient Egypt and
262
JOHN MBITI
287
KWAME GYEKYE
294
PTAHHOTEP
306
AMENEMOPE
312
The Pharaohs Speech at the Installation of Rekhmire as Prime Minister
326
The Story of the Two Brothers
332
The Lion in Search of Man
340
KWAME NKRUMAH
354
The Zulu Personal Declaration
377
Igbo Proverbs 3
385
The Atlanta Exposition Address
489
MONROE TROTTER
500
PanAfrican Congress Resolution 1919 577
517
of Independent African States 1958 553
533
Their Meaning and Message
543
OneParty Government
555
The Rise and Fall of Nkrumah 5 73
573
Letter to My Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary
580
AHMOSE
600
Pharaoh Piye and the Victory over North
609
KING KWAME ANSA
618
DAVID WALKER
627
FREDERICK DOUGLASS
637
ANNA JULIA COOPER
643
Lynch Law in All Its Phases
651
Address to the League of Nations
664
Colonial War and Mental Disorders
677
How Africa Developed before the Coming of the Europeans
706
Aspects of the International Class
729
Cultural Revolution and the Future of the Pan African Culture
755
The Million Man MarchDay of Absence Mission Statement
780
Glossary of Names and Terms
797
Index
817
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Molefi Kete Asante is the founder of the African American studies department at Temple University. He developed the first program to offer a Ph.D. in African American studies. He is the author of Egyptian Philosophies and Egypt vs. Greece. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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