THE MEANING OF AFRICA TO AFRO-AMERICANS
A Comparative Study of Race and Racism
Edited by S. Okechukwu Mezu
Race has played a significant role in the relations between Africans and Afro-Americans. Apart from the common ancestry, they have all been victims, for long, of various forms of discrimnation: colonialism, segregation, apartheid, etc. The Meaning of Africa to Afro-Americans takes a look at African and Afro-American relations from 1890-1945; segregation in the United States and apartheid in South Africa; black power in colonial Peru and race relations in modern Brazil; on Africa and the Caribbena, Black Studies and the neo-colonial situation in emerging universities today. It takes a hard look at some stereotypical image of blacks in the famed US Supreme Court decision of 1954. As Professor Hooker aptly wrote: “Africa sometimes evoked scorn, sometimes induced price, usually stimulated paternalist sentiment, and occasionally evoked quite irrational behavior”. But it meant and will continue to mean something different to every generation of Afro-Americans.