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By Janice Hamlet

During this well timed quantity, editor Janice D Hamlet has selected essays which remove darkness from numerous elements of African American tradition, refracted in the course of the lens of Afrocentric concept. The booklet examines: Afrocentric ideology and method; Afrocentric techniques to the dynamics of conversation; the Afrocentric impact at the black aesthetic, with an exam of language, literature, oral culture, video clips and tv; and the way forward for Afrocentric visions.

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According to Asante (1990), we must always keep in mind that knowledge is generated by humans who are products of a particular historical and cultural context. Therefore, the knowledge generated by these researchers tends to be reflexive of a particular philosophy and ideology and serves the interest of supporters of that philosophy and ideology. Consequently, Afrocentricity asserts that the life experiences of all people of African descent must be the focal point of Afrocentric generated knowledge (Asante, 1988).

One does not try to do, one happens to be an instrument of the doing. During such moments, nothing is difficult, there is no anxiety. (76-77) Literacy seeks to attain the state described above, and its attainment is dependent on the application of historical understanding as the confluence between personality and situation dictates. This writer’s assertion is that 18 THE AFROCENTRIC PERSPECTIVE all African American ethical, psychological, socioeconomic, political and cultural activity is an attempt to attain freedom and literacy.

The ramifications of this belief are far reaching when cooperation is called for by the “less” and “more” educated African Americans in the cause of improving Black life chances. The Afrocentric scholar, in trying to generate emancipatory knowledge, utilizes methods and analysis consistent with uncovering relationships between variables. In other words, generating technical knowledge that allows the researcher to test the stated relationship. A key step in the development of testable hypothesis is the operationalization of variables so they can be empirically tested.

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