What is today broadly called Afrocentrism evolved out of the work of African-American intellectuals in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but flowered into its modern form due to the activism of African-American intellectuals in the U. Civil Rights Movement and in the development of African-American Studies programs in universities. Proponents of Afrocentrism support the claim that the contributions of various Black African people have been downplayed or discredited as part of the legacy of colonialism and slavery’s pathology of “writing Africans out of history”. The term “Afrocentrism” dates to 1962. The adjective “Afrocentric” appears in a typescript proposal for an entry in Encyclopedia Africana, possibly due to W.
Capitulationists condemn Afrocentricity because they are uncomfortable with themselves and do not believe that Africans should be considered agents. They include amongst black scholars Anthony Appiah and Stanley Crouch. The functioning element for these critics is self-hatred, accompanied by the belief that these African critics are really nothing but whites in black skin. Their rejection of Afrocentricity is tied to their rejection of themselves. A 1911 copy of the NAACP journal The Crisis depicting “Ra-Maat-Neb, one of the kings of the Upper Nile”, a copy of the relief portraying Nebmaatre I on Meroe pyramid 17. Afrocentrism has its origins in the work of African and African diaspora intellectuals in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, following social changes in the United States and Africa due both to the end of slavery and the decline of colonialism. The combination of the European centuries gives us about four to five hundred years of solid European domination of intellectual concepts and philosophical ideas.
Africa and Asia were subsumed under various headings of the European hierarchy. If a war between the European powers occurred it was called a World War and the Asians and Africans found their way on the side of one European power or the other. As an ideology and political movement, Afrocentrism had its beginnings in activism among black intellectuals, political figures, and historians in the context of the US American civil rights movement. Africa has been betrayed by international commerce, by missionaries and imams, by the structure of knowledge imposed by the Western world, by its own leaders, and by the ignorance of its own people of its past.