Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: May 28, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963930 | Print ISBN: 9781412941655 | Online ISBN: 9781412963930| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Molefi Kete Asante
Afrocentricity is a paradigm based on the idea that African people should reassert a sense of agency to achieve sanity. During the 1960s a group of African American intellectuals in the newly formed black studies departments at universities began to formulate novel ways of analyzing information. In some cases, these new ways were called looking at information from “a black perspective,” as opposed to what had been considered the “white perspective” of most information in the American academy. In the late 1970s Molefi Kete Asante began speaking of the need for an Afrocentric orientation to data and, in 1980, published a book, Afrocentricity: The Theory of Social Change , which launched the first full discussion of the concept. Although the word existed before Asante's book and many people, including Kwame Nkrumah in the 1960s, had used it, the intellectual idea did not have substance as a philosophical concept until 1980. ...