Curator's Notes:

The items in this collection reflect on Afrocentricity and Pan-Africanism. Afrocentricity is a weighty term. It is both philosophy and practice. It is a challenge to the modern (since the 15th century or so) idea of a white Europe as the center of all that is noteworthy – all that is human. Afrocentricity is related to Pan-Africanism, its older cousin that sees a shared struggle and works for a shared future for people of African descent. Alongside their aims and aspirations, Afrocentricity and Pan-Africanism have their contradictions and both show up in everyday practices like naming traditions, language, music, dress, and, of course, politics.

  • The East
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • 1970s-1980s
  • open
  • Kiswahili
  • Columbus, OH
  • Winter 1969
  • open
The Name Negro
  • The Name "Negro"
  • New York
  • 1960
  • open
African Cultures in the Americas
  • African Cultures in the Americas
  • Columbus, OH
  • 1973
  • open
Greeting Cards
  • Greeting Cards
  • New York and Ohio
  • 1970s
  • open
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