Reevaluating the Pan-africanism of W. E. B. Dubois and Marcus Garvey

Author: Conyers Jr., James L.
Year:2006
Pages:316
ISBN:0-7734-5954-5
978-0-7734-5954-0
Price:219.95
The aim and objective of this book is to examine four associated topics: (1) global Pan Africanism; (2) the intellectual ideas of Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois; (3) the cultural and economic ideas of Marcus Garvey; and (4) a critical assessment of Africana historiography. Centered within each chapter, contributors have provided an interdisciplinary analysis of issues and schema that address Africana phenomena from a social service lens. Likewise, the objective for coordinating this work makes an ongoing advance and contribution to the forward flow of research and data in the field of Africana studies. Additionally, the assembly of essays in this volume aspires to offer an alternative analysis to examining the perplexities and dispatches regarding the construct of institutional and individual systematic subordination on an international level.

Reviews

“African studies stands at the crossroads. Teaching and research in the field remain the keys to intellectual advancement and professional development. This book ... is designed to meet the needs of those readers who are eager to teach or learn about Pan Africanism, one of the key concepts in the modern development of African consciousness ... It brings together in a unified and concerted way some of the best essays dealing with Pan Africanism. They represent the best research and ideas of outstanding scholars in Africana Studies and illustrate the fact that there is an ever-expanding realm of research in Africana Studies ... This will remain a standard reference work and useful textbook for many years to come.” – (from the Foreword) Dr. Molefi Kete Asante, Professor, Department of African American Studies, Temple University

“The fourteen essays in this book demonstrate the chief importance of the theme of Pan-Africanism within black consciousness, and emphasizes the key roles of W.E.B. Du Bois and Marcus Garvey in its many complex political, economic, social, and cultural dimensions, especially in the twentieth century, but also drawing upon the rich traditions of black life and struggle in the nineteenth century ... This work serves as a key reminder to contemporary readers of the very important role that Pan-Africanism and its two central leaders (Du Bois and Garvey) have played in the world-wide African struggle for liberation and unity, and of the need for continued scholarly reflection on this fact.” – Julius E. Thompson, Professor, Black Studies and History, University of Missouri–Columbia

“Who are we as members of the African diaspora? How have people made sense of where we are? What do we need in order to be happy, healthy, engaged, culturally grounded? ... Dr. Conyers has unpackaged decades old discourse about how to best empower the African world community. By exploring the lens of Pan-Africanism and its various ideological manifestations, the essays in this volume provide multiple voices to elucidate the subjective realities of Garvey and Du Bois as well as their residual social impacts ... Dr. Conyers and colleagues provide an exciting look backwards with the promise of a more accurate, collective, and culturally concordant future examination of the experiences of Africana people.” – Jean Latting, Professor of Social Work, University of Houston

Table of Contents

Foreword by Dr. Molefi Kete Asante
Preface
Acknowledgements
PAN AFRICANISM
I. Pan-Africanism as Sub-Africanity in the United States (Rhett Jones)
II. Aime Cesaire, Leopold Senghor, and the Concept of Black Aesthetics (Larry Ross)
III. A “Second Emancipation”: The Transfiguration of Garvey’s “Racial Empire” in Rastafarian Thought (Gregory Stephens)
W.E.B. DU BOIS
IV. The 1959 Campaign by W.E.B. Du Bois for the United States Senate (Philip Grant)
V. A Juxtaposition of W.E.B. Du Bois and Marcus Garvey Within the Context of Feminism and Black Womanhood (LaVonne Roberts Jackson)
VI. Pan-Africanism and the Black Caucus (Tanya Price)
VII. W.E.B. Du Bois as Pan-African Critic and Critique of Postcolonialism (Reiland Rabaka)
MARCUS MOSIAH GARVEY
VIII. Marcus Garvey and His Belizian Impact (James Chambers)
IX. The Legacy of Pan African Social Thought as a Source and Means of Empowerment: Social Welfare in Black Communities in Britain (Mekada Graham)
X. Social Justice Versus Social Equality; The Capitalistic Jurisprudence of Marcus Garvey (Otis B. Grant)
AFRICAN HISTORIOGRAPHY
XI. Pan Africanism, African American Historiography, and Afrocentricity: A Critical Review of Ideology and Historical Thought (James L. Conyers Jr.)
XII. Politico-Cultural Paradigms of Pan Afrikanist Struggle: A Critical Exploration of Issues in Old World and New World Afrikanism in Light of Traditional and Westernized Afrikan Approaches to Identity and Nation-Building (Ahati N.N. Toure)
XIII. From Dahomey to Haiti: The Vodun Paradigm as a Manifestation of Pan-Africanism (Akinyele Umoja)
XIV. Huey P. Newton on Pan-Africanism (Judson L. Jeffries)
Bibliography
Index