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By Janice Hamlet

During this well timed quantity, editor Janice D Hamlet has selected essays which remove darkness from a variety of elements of African American tradition, refracted in the course of the lens of Afrocentric inspiration. The booklet examines: Afrocentric ideology and technique; Afrocentric methods to the dynamics of conversation; the Afrocentric effect at the black aesthetic, with an exam of language, literature, oral culture, videos and tv; and the way forward for Afrocentric visions.

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The definition of freedom used here provides a basis for the African American consciousness to merge with the best traditions in African and African American culture in order to more fully contribute to the forward flow of human history than the current ideas, definitions and subsequent attempts to attain freedom now allow Literacy is the practical dimension of freedom and is defined as noted above for two reasons: first, the definition acknowledges the subjective dimension of the human experience which makes one-to-one correlations between being exposed to or deprived of any given stimuli and having a specific response to that exposure or deprivation impossible to predict.

New York: Oxford University Press, 1977. 7. I would include in this group those African Americans who are more concerned with mashing what is unique in African and African American culture into existing paradigms than they are with indicating what is unique. , Robert Stepto and Houston Baker; see also my forthcoming book, Signposts, for more discussions. 8. See my review of Shelby Sreele’s The Content of Our Character in Word and also my review of Reflections on An Affirmative Action Baby in the Spring 1992 issue of Word.

Also, during this time the Civil Rights Bill of 1875 gave African Americans the right to equal treatment in inns, public conveyances, theaters and other places of public amusement. For all intents and purposes it seemed as if Black-White relations were moving towards the positive side of the continuum. However, in 1877, with the Hayes-Tilden compromise, the status of African Americans took a turn for the worse. Federal troops, which had been dispatched to the South to protect the rights of Black Americans, were withdrawn, leaving the plight of African Americans in the hands of their former slave owners.

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