Rickford, Russell. We Are An African People: Independent Education, Black Power, and the Radical Imagination.

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Rickford, Russell. We Are An African People: Independent Education, Black Power, and the Radical Imagination. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016, pp. 400, 0199861471

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During the height of the Black Power movement of the late 1960s and 1970s, dozens of Pan African nationalist private schools, from preschools to post-secondary ventures, appeared in urban settings across the United States. The small, independent enterprises were often accused of teaching hate and were routinely harassed by authorities. Yet these institutions served as critical mechanisms for transmitting Black consciousness. Founded by activist-intellectuals and other radicalized veterans of the civil rights movement, the schools strove not simply to bolster the academic skills and self-esteem of inner-city African-American youth but also to decolonize minds and foster a vigorous and regenerative sense of African identity. The book traces...

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