journal of world history, spring 2001 The African People in the Global Village: An Introduction to Pan African Studies. By john k. marah. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 1998. Pp. iv + 309. $57.00 (cloth); $36.50 (paper). An enduring epic of black scholarship and literature is the historical and continuing mistreatment of black people: the enslavement, colonization, and exploitation as well as racial discrimination against black people. While the passionate reaction is understandable, it often leads black leaders, intelligentsia, or the elite into a bind by embarking upon various intellectual pursuits whose usefulness is at best dubious, for example, proving that Africa contributed more to Western civilization than vice versa. As Nobel laureate Bishop Desmond Tutu once reminded us, "It is not what is done to us that matters, but how we take what is done to us." Blacks do not have to prove anything to anybody. It is Africans or black people who must devise their own "African solutions to their African problems"--a key tenet of the new African renaissance. And it is here that leadership is crucial. Thus, it was with eagerness and keen interest that I started to read John Marah's book The African
Journal of World History – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Mar 1, 2001
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