Abstract: Focus of Chpter 4 & Lecture 4.
2013 Common Text author Wole Soyinka argues that as long as the past “is fictionalized or denied, Africa is doomed to the curse of repetition, albeit in disguised, even refined forms.” The sacred space of memory, he suggests, must be preserved. The process of “re-membering”—of reconnecting historical memory to modern social consciousness as a renaissance and flowering of imagination, innovation, and problem solving—will lead to conscious contributions to what 2012 Common Text author Ngugi wa Thiong’o calls “a common humanity of progress and achievement.” Du Bois argues that any attempt to raise the Black race to its full humanity (and, by extension, to raise “the fairest and fullest dream of a great united humanity”) must follow the methods “pointed out by the accumulated wisdom of the world for the development of full human power.” This lecture explores Black peoples’ engagement with cultural traditions to recover memory and to connect ideas and information across generations and among cultural communities.
--Dr. Jules Harrell
The Lecture: Memory, Restoration, and African Renaissance: Social Consciousness and the Black Imagination by Dr. Jules Harrell
Resources: Chapter 4, Diuturni Silenti, Education of Black People, W.E.B. Du Bois, 1924
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African cultural and generational connections
Dubois and 1923 speech and Fisk University
Dubois and aesthetics and “ugliness”
Dubois and fraternity
Dubois and beauty and surroundings
Dubois and social ostracism and higher learning
Fisk University and segregation
Dubois and Tuskegee and Fisk University
Dubois and Negro Higher Education and Organization
The Black City and Nashville and protest and Fisk University
Protest and College campuses and W.E.B. Dubois
I was at Harvard but not of Harvard and Dubois
Dubois and Negro Higher Education and “Board of Trustees”
Harvard University and ban the Negro and the Law
Resources: Based on Lecture 4.
Wole Soyinka and African past
African past and fiction and Soyinka
Fictionalized history and Africa and Wole Soyinka
African civilizations and repetition
African memory and Ngogi wa Thiongo
African memory and Something Torn and New
Preservation and African cultures
Preservation and African philosophies
Preservation and African religious thought
Preservation and African spirituality
Memory and the African Disapora
"The role of memory" and African culture
"The role of memory" and African history
African memory and African civilizations
African memory and social consciousness
Modern social consciousness and The African Diaspora
The African Diaspora and reconnecting and Africa
Reconnecting and memory and African Diaspora
African Renaissance and African Diaspora
African Renaissance and innovation
African Renaissance and immagination
African Renaissance and problem solving and Africa
W.E.B. Dubois and accumulated wisdom
Ngugi wa Thiongo and accumulated memory
Wole Soyinka and accumulated memory
W.E.B. Dubois and a United Humanity
Remembering and African Diaspora
African Memory and "Full human power"
Cultural traditions and African Diaspora
Cultural traditions and African memory
Resources: Based on Lecture 4.