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Title:The place of Pan-Africanism in world history
Author:Wamba-dia-Wamba, ErnestISNI
Year:1995
Periodical:Quest: An International African Journal of Philosophy (ISSN 1011-226X)
Volume:9
Issue:1
Period:June
Pages:3-18
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Africa
world
Subjects:democracy
pan-Africanism
History, Archaeology
history
Abstract:Ultimately, Pan-Africanism as a form of global consciousness is the realization that no black person will be free until all black people are free. Pan-Africanism emerged to confront the old race-based global consciousness which underlined capitalist expansionism. It aimed at defending human equality and at organizing the process of liberation of black people from subordination worldwide. Today Africa is increasingly marginalized and the historical role of Pan-Africanism must be revitalized. Democratization or redemocratization has to be conceptualized at the global level and must be grasped from the point of view of its entire history. The imperialism of dominant paradigms concerning democracy as well as development must be challenged. Western (imperial) democracies should not be allowed to have a monopoly on democracy. A new global consciousness favouring the forces of consistent democracy is rising. It stands against racial, religious, ethnic and gender discrimination. Pan-Africanism must internalize these gains to be able to become a truly emancipatory political movement. Notes, ref.
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