Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: February 22, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412957403 | Print ISBN: 9781412956642 | Online ISBN: 9781412957403| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Carl Robinson & Llewellyn Simmons
In Afrocentric schools, the curriculum and all student activities are designed with the intent to instill knowledge of, and to foster understanding, respect, and pride in, African and Black traditions, history, culture, and language. Educators who embrace the Afrocentric concept are dedicated to improving Black students' level of self-esteem and to encouraging them to see themselves as sociopolitically relevant on both the local and the global level. This entry outlines some of the major characteristics of Afrocentricity and describes the educational, cultural, social, and political activities that form the academic curriculum and customs of Afrocentric schools. It discusses how politics, culture, power, and economics are critically engaged throughout the Afrocentric school curriculum and explains how Afrocentricity represents a cultural, social, and political initiative in the context of schooling in a way that encourages students to critically engage the world they live in. The Afrocentric concept is geared toward examining how ...