Africans on African-Americans: The Creation and Uses of an by Yekutiel Gershoni

By Yekutiel Gershoni

Between the tip of the 19th century and the outbreak of worldwide warfare 2, Africans displaced by way of colonial rule created an African-American fantasy - a delusion which aggrandized the existence and attainments of African americans regardless of complete wisdom of the discrimination to which they have been subjected. the parable supplied Africans in all components of the continent with a lot wanted succour and underpinned a variety of spiritual, academic, political and social types in line with the adventure of African american citizens wherein Africans sought to raised their very own lives.

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One Aim! >~zo In 1915 Garvey moved to Harlem, New York, and set up his UNIA headquarters there to attract American blacks. At first only a trickle, mainly Jamaicans and other West Indians, joined. But after World War I, when the economic boom ended and many blacks found themselves out of work, UNIA's membership increased rapidly. By the end of 1919, the UNIA publication, the Negro World, claimed that the organization had about two million members in thirty separate branches throughout the United States and the West lndies.

Washington, as his model. 147 Aggrey's biographer, Edwin W. Smith, describes the enthusiasm with which Aggrey was greeted during the Phelps-Stokes Commission's tour of West Africa in 1920. Welcoming delegations, congregations in overcrowded churches, and packed audiences - black and white - in public halls all waited to hear Aggrey' s speeches. At a public meeting at the Wesleyan Church in Accra, the Gold Coast Governor Sir Gordon Guggisberg would not allow the black chairman to introduce Aggrey, but stood up himself and said, 'Mr.

In these parts of. the continent there were fewer western-educated Africans and those few were less familiar with western life. There was not the same firmly established class of western-educated African intellectuals as in West Africa to sift and filter the information and to rationalize and tone down the more fantastic elements of the myth on which the traditional natives seized. Moreover, the European presence consisted mainly of colonial authorities and privileged white settlers whose heavy-handed oppression of the natives evoked fear and hatred.

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