Day Twenty: February 28, on Black History Month: “The Bibliography: A Source of Reference”

Day Twenty: February 28, on Black History Month: “The Bibliography: A Source of Reference”

For the past four weeks, from Monday to Friday, I have been posting “recommended readings” to honor and celebrate the Black History Month, as well as to highlight the achievements of the African people and their descendants in the African diaspora—in global history and universal civilization. As I have explained in a previous post, our approach to Black History should be diasporic and pan-Africanist, not just regional and national, but also transcontinental and international, and beyond the North American politics and frontiers. I also stated that while it is crucial to teach Black & African American students and other groups about the Black experience in the United States; it will be a great intellectual injustice if we fail to teach them about the history of the African Diaspora, that is global blackness.

In the past four weeks, the “recommended readings” covered “five major texts or books” in the following five disciplines of study or fields of knowledge: history, religion, theology, literature, and philosophy. In addition to the African people in continental Africa, the emphasis of these various readings was on four major ethnic groups in the African diaspora or global blackness: the African American people, Afro-Caribbean people, and the Afro-Latin American people in the Americas. In addition, I recommended texts covering the academic study called Pan-Africanism.

For today’s post, I will provide an index covering all the recommended readings that I have posted on these five fields of learning and in the past four weeks, in the month of February 2020; I hope the index will continue to be a source of reference to all of us, especially those who have missed our series.

Day One: February 3, on Black History Month: Five texts on African American History:

  1. “Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880” by W. E. B. Du Bois
  2. “From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans” by John Hope Franklin
  3. “Up from Slavery” by Booker T. Washington
  4. “The American Negro: Old World Background and New World Experience” by Rayford W, Logan and Irvin S. Cohen
  5. “Black Manhattan” by James Weldon Johnson

Day Two: February 4, on Black History Month: Five texts on African History:

  1. “The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality” by Cheik Anta Diop
  2. “Key Events in African History: A Reference Guide” by Toyin Falola
  3. “The Africans: A Tripple Heritage” by Ali A. Mazrui
  4. “A Thousand Years of West African History” by Jacob Ade Ajayi
  5. “The World and Africa: An Inquiry Into the Part which Africa Has Played in World History” by W. E. B. Du Bois

Day Three: February 5, on Black History Month: Five texts on Pan-African History or Pan-Africanism:

  1. “Pan-Africanism or Communism” by George Padmore
  2. “A History of Pan-African Revolt” by C. L. R. James
  3. “Pan-Africanism: The Idea and the Movement, 1776-1963” by P. Olisanwuche Esedebe
  4. “Pan-African History: Political figures from Africa and the Diaspora since 1787” by Hakim Adi and Marika Sherwood
  5. “Stokeley Speaks: From Black Power to Pan-Africanism” by Stokeley Carmichael

Day Four: February 6, on Black History Month: Five texts on Caribbean History:

  1. “The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution” by C. L. R. James
  2. “The Caribbean: The Genesis of a Fragmented Nationalism” by Franklin W. Knight
  3. “From Columbus to Castro: The History of the Caribbean, 1492-1969” by Eric Williams
  4. “Holding Aloft the Banner of Ethiopia: Caribbean Radicalism in Early Twentieth-Century America” by Winston James
  5. “Caribbean Freedom: Economy and Society to the Present” by Hilary Beckles and Verene Shepherd

Day Five: February 7, on Black History Month: Five texts on Afro-Latin American History:

  1. “Slave and Citizen: The Negro in the Americas” by Frank Tannenbaum
  2. “Cuban Counterpoint: Tobacco and Sugar” by Fernando Ortiz
  3. “The African Experience in Spanish America” by Jr. Leslie B. Rout, Jr.
  4. “Afro-Latin America, 1800-2000″ by George Reid Andrews”
  5. “The Afro-Latin@ Reader: History and Culture in the United States” edited by Miriam Jiménez Román and Juan Flores

Day Six: February 10, on Black History Month: Five texts on African American Religion:

  1. “The Black Church in African American Experience” by C. Eric Lincoln and Lawrence H. Mamiya
  2. “African American Religious Thought” edited by Cornell West and Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
  3. “The Black Muslims in America” by C. Eric Lincoln
  4. “African-American Humanism: An Anthology” edited by Norm R. Allen, Jr.
  5. “The History of Black Catholics in the United States” by Cyprian Davis

Day Seven: February 11, on Black History Month: Five texts on African (Traditional) Religion:

  1. “African Traditional Religion: A Definition” by E. Bolaji Idowu
  2. “Introduction to African Religion” by John S. Mbiti
  3. Olodumare: God in Yoruba Belief by E. Bolaji Idowu
  4. “African Religion: The Moral Traditions of Abundant Life ” by Laurenti Magesa
  5. “African Traditional Religions in Contemporary Society” edited by Jacob K. Olupona

Day Eight: February 12, on Black History Month: Five texts on African Religions in the African Diaspora:

  1. “The African Religions of Brazil: Toward a Sociology of the Interpretation of Civilizations” by Roger Bastide
  2. “The Faces of the Gods: Vodou and Roman Catholicism in Haiti” by Leslie G. Desmangles
  3. “Fragments of Bone: Neo-African Religions in a New World” by Patrick Bellegarde-Smith
  4. “Creole Religions of the Caribbean: An Introduction from Vodou and Santeria to Obeah and Espiritismo” by Margarite Fernandez Olmos and Lizabeth Paravisi-Gebert
  5. “Working the Spirit: Ceremonies of the African DIaspora ” by Joseph M. Murphy

Day Nine: February 13, on Black History Month: Five texts on African American Church History:

  1. “The History of the Negro Church” by Carter G. Woodson
  2. “The Negro’s Church” by Benjamin Elijah Mays & Joseph William Nicholson
  3. “The Negro Church in America” by E. Franklin Frazier
  4. ” The Black Church in the African American Experience ” by C. Eric Lincoln and Lawrence H. Mamiya
  5. “Black Church Studies: An Introduction” by Stacey Floyd-Thomas, Juan Floyd-Thomas, Carol B. Duncan, Stephen C. Ray Jr., and Nancy Lynne Westfield

Day Ten: February 14, on Black History Month: Five texts on African Church History (“African Christianity”) and five texts on Caribbean Church History (“Caribbean Christianity”)

A. African Church History (“African Christianity”)

  1. “A History of Christianity in Africa: From Antiquity to the Present” by Elizabeth Isichei
  2. “West African Christianity: The Religious Impact” by Lamin Sanneh
  3. “Christianity in Africa: The Renewal of a Non-Western Religion” by Kwame Bediako
  4. “Christianity in Independent Africa” edited by Edward Fashole-Luke, Gray, Hastings, and Godwin Tasie
  5. “The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo” by Cecile Fromont

B. Caribbean Church History (“Caribbean Christianity”)

  1. “Christianity in the Caribbean: Essays on Church History” by Armando Lampe
  2. “Come Shouting to Zion: African American Protestantism in the American South and British Caribbean to 1830” by Sylvia R. Frey and Betty Wood
  3. “The Catholic Church in Haiti: Political and Social Change” by Anne Greene
  4. “Troubling of the Waters” edited by Idris Hamid
  5. “With Eyes Wide Open” edited by David I. Mitchell

Day Eleven: February 17, on Black History Month: Five texts on African American Literature:

  1. “Phillis Wheatley: Complete Writings” edited by Vincent Carretta
  2. “The Book of American Negro Poetry” by James Weldon Johnson
  3. “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston
  4. “Go Tell It on the Mountain” by James Baldwin
  5. “Beloved” by Toni Morrison

Day Twelve: February 18, on Black History Month: Five texts on African Literature:

  1. “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe
  2. “Death and the King’s Horseman” by Akínwándé Olúwolé Babátúndé Sóyíinká (“Wole Soyinka”)
  3. “Weep Not, Child” by Ngugi wa Thiong’o
  4. “So Long a Letter” by Mariama Bâ
  5. “Half of a Yellow Sun” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Day Thirteen: February 19, on Black History Month: Five texts on Afro-Caribbean Literature (French Expression):

  1. “Masters of the Dew” by Jacques Roumain
  2. “Notebook of a Return to the Native Land” by Aime Cesaire
  3. “Dance on the Volcano” by Marie Vieux Chauvet
  4. “I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem” by Maryse Conde
  5. “Texaco” by Patrick Chamoiseau

Day Fourteen: February 20, on Black History Month: Five texts on Afro-Caribbean Literature (English Expression):

  1. “In the Castle of My Skin” by George Lamming
  2. “A House for Mr. Biswas” by Vidiadhar Surajprasad (V.S.) Naipaul
  3. “Omeros” by Derek Alton Walcott
  4. “Krik? Krak!” by Edwidge Danticat
  5. “The Loneliness of Angels” by Myriam J. A. Chancy

Day Fifteen: February 21, on Black History Month: Five texts on Afro-Latin American Literature:

  1. “Man-Making Words: Selected Poems of Nicolas Guillen” by Nicolas Guillen
  2. “Juyungo” by Adalberto Ortiz
  3. “Changó, the Biggest Badasss” by Manuel Zapata Olivella
  4. “Drums under my skin” by Luz Argentina Chiriboga
  5. “Our Lady of the Night” by Mayra Santos Febres

Day Sixteen: February 24, on Black History Month: Five texts on African American (Political & Cultural) Philosophy:

  1. “The Souls of Black Folk” by W.E. B. Du Bois
  2. “The Philosophy of Alain Locke: Harlem Renaissance and Beyond” edited by Leonard Harris.
  3. “The American Evasion of Philosophy: A Genealogy of Pragmatism” by Cornel West
  4. “Women, Race, & Class” by Angela Y. Davis
  5. “On Race and Philosophy” by Lucius T. Outlaw (Jr.)

***Bonus Texts: “Philosophy born of struggle: Anthology of Afro-American philosophy from 1917” edited by Leonard Harris; “Transcending the Talented Tenth: Black Leaders and American Intellectual” by Joy James; “The Philosophical Foundations of Black Solidarity” by Tommie Shelby; “Lines of Descent: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Emergence of Identity” by Kwame Anthony Appiah; and “Bad Faith and Antiblack Racism” by Lewis R. Gordon

Day Seventeen: February 25, on Black History Month: Five texts on African Philosophy:

  1. “Consciencism” by Kwame Nkrumah
  2. “Negritude et Humanisme” by Leopold Sedar Senghor
  3. “Uhuru na Ujamaa: Freedom and Socialism” by Julius Nyerere
  4. “African Religions and Philosophy” by John Mbiti
  5. “The Invention of Africa: Gnosis, Philosophy, and the Order of Knowledge” by V. Y. Mudimbe

***Bonus texts: “On the Absence of Sensation in the Human Mind and its Presence in our Organic and Living Body,” and “Treatise on the Art of Philosophising Soberly and Accurately” by Anton Wilhelm Amo or Anthony William Amo
; “The Akan Conceptual Scheme: An Essay on Philosophical Thought” by Kwame Gyekye; Cultural Universals and Particulars: An African Perspective,” and “Philosophy and An African Culture” by Kwasi Wiredu; “African Philosophy in Search of Identity,” and Self and Community in a Changing World” By D. A. Masolo; “The Hermeneutics of African Philosophy: Horizon and Disclosure” by Tsenay Serequeberhan; “In My Father’s House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture” by Kwame Anthony Appiah; “Achieving our Humanity: The Idea of the Postracial Future” by Emmanuel Chukwudi Eze; “The Idea of Africa” by V. Y. Mudimbe; “Tradition and Modernity: Philosophical Reflections on the African Experience by Kwame Gyekye; “African Philosophy: Myth and Reality” by Paulin Hountondji; and “The Ink of the Scholars: Reflections on Philosophy in Africa,” “African Art as Philosophy: Senghor, Bergson and the Idea of Negritude,” and “Islam and Open Society Fidelity and Movement in the Philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal” by Souleymane Bachir Diagne

Day Eighteen: February 26, on Black History Month: Five texts on Afro-Caribbean Philosophy:

  1. “Black Skin, White Masks” by Frantz Fanon
  2. “On Being Human as Praxis” by Sylvia Wynter
  3. “Poetics of Relation” by Edouard Glissant
  4. “Caliban’s Reason: Introducing Afro-Caribbean Philosophy” by Paget Henry
  5. “ Caliban’s Freedom: The Early Political Thought of C.L.R. James” by Anthony B. Bogues

***Bonus Texts: “Les Théoriciens au Pouvoir” by Demesvar Delorme; “The Equality of the Human Races” by Joseph Antenor Firmin; “The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey or Africa for the Africans Volumes I and II” by Amy Jacques Garvey; “Discourse on Colonialism,” and “Return to My Native Land” by Aimé Césaire; “Negritude Women” by T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting; “Caribbean Discourse” by Edouard Glissant; “Thinking in Public: Faith, Development, and Secularism in Jacques Roumain” by Celucien L. Joseph; “Que signiphie philosopher en Haiti? Un autre Concept du Vodou” by Glodel Mezilas; “L’ere du metissage. Variations sur la Creolisation, Politique, ethique et philosophie de la diversalite” by Edelyn Dorismond; “Main Currents in Caribbean Thought” by Gordon Lewis; “An Introduction to Africana Philosophy” by Lewis Gordon; “Black Heretics, Black Prophets: Radical Political Intellectuals” by Anthony B. Bogues; “C. L. R. James: His Intellectual Legacies” edited by Selwyn R. Cudjoe and William E. Cain; “Rastafari: Roots and Ideology” by Barry Chevannes; “C. L. R. James Rader” edited by Anna Grimshaw; “Hispanic/Latino Identity: A Philosophical Perspective” by Jorge Gracia; “Against War: Views from the Underside of Modernity” by Nelson Maldonado-Torres; “Haitian Epistemology” by Paul C. Mocombe;Caribbean Critique: Antillean Critical Theory: From Toussaint to Glissant” by Nick Nesbitt

Day Nineteen: February 27, on Black History Month: Five texts on Africana Philosophy:

  1. “An Introduction to Africana Philosophy” by Lewis R. Gordon
  2. “Existentia Africana: Understanding Africana Existential Thought” by Lewis Gordon
  3. “Africana Critical Theory: Reconstructing The Black Radical Tradition, From W. E. B. Du Bois and C. L. R. James” by Reiland Rabaka
  4. “I Am Because We Are: Readings in Africana Philosophy” edited by Fred Lee Hord and Jonathan Scott Lee
  5. “African Intellectual Heritage: A Book of Source” edited by Molefi Kete Asante and Abu S. Abarry

***Bonus Texts: “African-American Perspectives and Philosophical Traditions” edited by J. P. Pittman; “The Negritude Movement: W.E.B. Du Bois, Leon Damas, Aime Cesaire, Leopold Senghor, Frantz Fanon, and the Evolution of an Insurgent Idea,” “Forms of Fanonism,” and “Forms of Cabralism” by Reiland Rabaka; “Black Heretics, Black Prophets: Radical Political Intellectuals” by Anthony Bogues; “Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition” by Cedric J. Robinson; “What Fanon Said: A Philosophical Introduction to His Life and Thought” by Lewis R. Gordon; “On Race and Philosophy” by Lucius T. Outlaw (Jr.); “In My Father’s House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture” by Kwame Anthony Appiah; “Understanding African Philosophy. A Cross-Cultural Approach to Classical and Contemporary Issues in Africa” by R. H. Bell; “Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought” by B. Guy-Sheftall; “Listening to Ourselves: A Multilingual Anthology of African Philosophy” edited by Chike Jeffers; “Our Heritage: The Past in the Present of African-American and African Existence” by T. Serequeberhan; “I Write What I Like” by Steve Biko; “The Afrocentric Idea” by Molefi Kete Asante; “The Wretched of the Earth” by Frantz Fanon

*** Every day is Black History Month.

Every day we celebrate human beings created in the image of God.

Every day we celebrate the gift of life and the gift of black life because black people and all people MATTER to God.




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