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Africana Paradigms, Practices and Literary Texts: Evoking Social Justice

Author(s): Clenora Hudson-Weems

Edition: 1

Copyright: 2021

Pages: 266

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Many critical events occurred during the 20th & 21st centuries, but nothing more compelling than the global demonstrations among a diverse population, physically & spiritually demoralized by racial dominance, symbolized by “Till’s bloated face, the embodiment of the ugliness of American racism,” all in the amidst of a global occurrence—Coronavirus (Hudson-Weems, Emmett Till: The Sacrificial Lamb of the Civil Rights Movement 1994). Like today’s “Till Continuums,” this global pandemic affects the very fabric of every level of human existence. Thus, an interdisciplinary & intercultural focus, tailored for true social justice for all, is much needed, with a goal of transforming our world, guided by a genuine appreciation of True Cultural Diversity in not only color, but in thought & action as well!

Africana Paradigms, Practices and Literary Texts: Evoking Social Justice, a comprehensive volume of critical ideas, trends & possible solutions, composed of an array of authentic thinkers, offering useful Africana theoretical concepts, tools of analysis, & activities, loudly answers to that call for improving our minds for a better worldview. We need workable ideas for eradicating racial dominance via debunking it, believing that our initiatives and efforts will inevitably lead toward the fruition of a long overdue racial healing for true racial harmony.

Foreword Judge Joe Brown
Preface Benjamin W. Jones—Medical Student, University of Kansas | Jamica Jacobs—Biological Sciences, Sen, McNair Scholar, MU
Introduction Clenora Hudson-Weems, PhD

PART I Africana Theories: Inter-Cultural/Inter-Disciplinary Movements
Chapter 1 Africana Womanism: Authenticity and Collectivity in Securing Social Justice Clenora Hudson-Weems, PhD
Chapter 2 Afrocentricity and Transformation: Understanding a Movement Molefi Kete Asante, Phd
Chapter 3 Black Women Adult Educators—The Utterers of Black Leadership Preparation: Africana Womanism and the Afrocentric Praxis Jacqueline Roebuck Sakho, EdD

PART II Africana Moments & Persuasions in Re-Shaping Our Lives
Chapter 4 The Essential James Baldwin: Life and Literature, At Home and Abroad Pamela D. Reed, PhD
Chapter 5 The African American Literary Tradition Clenora Hudson-Weems, PhD
Chapter 6 The Significance of HBCUs: The Social, Academic, & Career Determining Benefits of HBCUs Sharon H. Porter, EdD
Chapter 7 Africana Studies and Economics, In Search of a New Progressive Partnership James B. Stewart, PhD
Chapter 8 When Will We Learn? It’s Not Their Heads, It’s Their (Broken) Hearts S. Renee Mitchell, EdD

PART III: Evolutionary Movements: Beliefs, Ideas and Action
Chapter 9 Networks of Steel: How Reparations for European Enslavement of Africans Unite the African Diaspora Raymond A. Winbush, PhD
Chapter 10 “The Modern Civil Rights Movement” (1994) Clenora Hudson-Weems, PhD
Chapter 11 End Emmett Till Continuums: Beyond George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ma’Khia Bryant Ngeri Nnachi, JD, MPPL
Chapter 12 Nourish to Flourish: Maroonage—Woodsonian Philo-Praxis and the Education of Black Children Lasana D. Kazembe, PhD.
Chapter 13 Be Woke! Black America and the Holy Trinity—A SERMON  Rev. Debra Walker King, PhD

Conclusion

Coda SANKOFA—Learn the lessons of the past in order to move forward for a successful future.

Reflections on Our Past, Present, and Future Possibilities
From Filmscript—Emmett’s Liberation/Whitten’s Redemption 

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION
“Professor Seeks to Make Film About Lawyer Who Defended Racist Murderers” by Jennifer Ruark
COLUMBIA DAILY TRIBUNE
“The Civil Rights Movement, Then and Now: Anti-Racism to Stop the Emmett Till Continuum in a 5-Step Solution” by Clenora Hudson-Weems

Clenora Hudson-Weems

Professor, Author, Screen Writer and Producer, Dr. Hudson is Conceptualizer of Africana Womanism – an authentic global family-centered paradigm that prioritizes race, class and gender -- and author of four Africana Womanism books, including the new edition of the 1993 classic, Africana Womanism: Reclaiming Ourselves (Routledge 2019-20), and its sequel, Africana Womanist Literary Theory (Africa World Press 2004). The 1st International Africana Womanism Conference was hosted by the University of Zimbabwe in OCT 2010, the seed for its upcoming conference on Women in OCT 2021, where she will serve as the Opening Plenary Speaker. The 1st to establish Emmett Till as the true catalyst of the modern Civil Rights Movement in her1988 Ford doctoral dissertation, “Emmett Louis Till: The Impetus of the Modern Civil Rights Movement” (U of Iowa), later published as Emmett Till: The Sacrificial Lamb of the Civil Rights Movement (1994). Her culminating Till book, the 4th one, Emmett: Legacy, Redemption, Forgiveness (2014), was endorsed by Oscar Award-winning co-writer of Rain Man, Barry Morrow. Other book endorsers for her 1st Till book include Dr. John Blassingame, preeminent author and Professor of History at Yale U--“Hudson-Weems is absolutely right. We historians missed it;” and Dr. C. Eric Lincoln, esteemed author and distinguished Professor at Duke U-- “She challenges the most sacred shibboleths of the origins of the Civil Rights Movement.” Initiating the Nation’s 1st graduate degrees (PhD and MA) in English with an Africana Concentration in 2000, she also co-authored (with Dr. Wilfred D. Samuels) Toni Morrison (1990), the 1st critical study of the works of the Nobel Laureate. Editor of Contemporary Africana Theory, Thought & Action: A Guide to Africana Studies (Africa World Press 2007), her recent invitational volume, Africana Paradigms, Practices & Literary Text: Evoking Social Justice, was released in AUG, 2021(Kendall Hunt). She has finished 2 more unpublished books--“Africana-Melanated Womanism: Men/Women/Children—In It Together,” advocating interconnectivity for the 2-sided human coin as key in our united fight for true Social Justice, and “Legendary Africana People—from A-Z.”

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