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Learning Objectives for World African Studies

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An Afrocentricity International Cultural Manifesto for the Education of Black People 

Discuss the women who have contributed intellectually and politically to the establishment and maintenance of African culture and history.

Discuss the role religion plays in creating male chauvinism.

Discuss and distinguish World African Studies from traditional European disciplines.

Study and master the significance of the African classical languages, especially ciKam, the language of Kemet, as a basis for African thought.

Explain African foundations for community and family in the context of philosophical concepts of Maat such as truth, justice, order, balance, reciprocity, righteousness, and harmony.

Examine the evolution of African pedagogy from the earliest times to the emergence of Afrocentric Studies.

Explain the African origin of humanity from the earliest hominids, Sahelanthropus Tchadensis to Homo Sapiens.

Discuss and master the newest informational technologies in order to advance African science in medicine, agriculture, mining, and water resources.

Explain how Africans thought of location and place and how location and place changed the dynamics of interpretation of social and political practice. 

Discuss the history of Afrocentricity, giving particular emphasis to its relationship to the broader field of ideas in World African Studies.

Define the African diaspora. Who are Africans and where are Africans in the world today? 

Discuss the ideas of Afrocentric scholars whose works contribute to the conceptualization of World African Studies in all social and behavioral modes. 

Discuss the nature of African spirituality as a locus of response and transformation in African spaces. Examine the impingement upon that space by foreign ideologies that distort the nature of African realities. 

Discuss the relevance of World African Literature in the form of poetry, novels, essays, autobiographies, drama, and emancipatory narratives from the Americas, Caribbean, East Asia, and the continent of Africa itself. 

Discuss and interpret the literary works of major (influential) African writers. Study and know the names of the most canonized authors of Africa.

Understand the interrelationship of Africa to the African Diaspora in terms of history and culture.

Discuss the origin and development of the seven major African civilizations of Kemet, Nubia, Axum, Ghana, Mali, Monomatapa, and Songhay.  Relate these civilizations to other cultural movements in the continent. 

Explain the nature of Arab and European racial discrimination against Africans as an extension of the dominant paradigm of enslavement and resistance. Show evidence of African resistance in every instance.  

Discuss the principal African ethnic groups that comprise the African population and show how they contributed to the emergence of agriculture, technical sciences, arts, and culture in Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean. 


NOTE: These objectives must become the core for all African schools, universities, institutes, and colleges. Advance these ideas thoroughly and without weakness.


Per-aat Ama Mazama

Dr. Molefi Kete Asante


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