A Student of History

June 19, 2007

Is an Afrocentric approach to learning good or bad?

Filed under: The Academy — John Maass @ 11:11 am

Is an Afrocentric approach to learning good or bad?  Scholars have debated this issue recently, and an article appers on this matter here.

One of the more controversial debates now going on in intellectual circles is over Afrocentrism, a movement that argues that traditional history has undervalued the contributions of Black Africa to ancient Greek and Western thought. At the center of the debate are Afrocentrists and those attacking them, most recently Mary Lefkowitz, who wrote “Not Out of Africa.”

Recently Lefkowitz’s publisher, New Republic Books, sponsored a debate between her and a leading Afrocentrist, Martin Bernal, author of “Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Culture.”

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