Musings of a post Cold War PanAfricanist in Botswana

Days of struggle: Slavery stubbornly persisted in the United States
Days of struggle: Slavery stubbornly persisted in the United States

As an African American historical sociologist of knowledge and sociologist of futures, I began researching African affairs in my doctoral dissertation days at Northwestern University, the Harvard of the Midwest, decades ago.

I was then curious about why it was that mainstream American sociologists were so insistent in denying the survival of African cultures in the United States not only among African Americans but   also , more importantly, within general American society.

It was  more than apparent to me, in other words, that due to the centuries old practices of slave trading which brought hundreds of thousands of Africans to America against their will  and  due to  the voluntary immigration of free  African descent people to American shores for many generations , black people like all diverse cultural peoples have contributed to the origins and evolution of what has become historical and contemporary mosaic American society.  So why not consider and respect the home land places where people of African descent came from and would have such profound influences in building and transforming American in all areas of life, literature, cuisine, religion, business, education, politics, architecture, music, sciences, technology, you name it. That was in the 1970s.

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