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Title:Edward W. Blyden's Lessons in African Psychology
Author:Twe, Boikai S.
Periodical:Liberian Studies Journal
Geographic term:Liberia
African identity
biographies (form)
History and Exploration
Education and Oral Traditions
About person:Edward Wilmot Blyden (1832-1912)ISNI
Abstract:Born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Edward Wilmot Blyden (1832-1912) emigrated to Liberia in 1851. He saw Liberia as the ideal place where African Americans could build a new civilization by using the knowledge they had acquired in the West and by preserving the best of the African way of life. He worked primarily as an African social scientist. This paper reviews some of the lessons drawn from Blyden's lectures and articles on psychology, education, culture and scientific achievement. It pays attention to his ideas on love of race and African ancestors; promoting African personality and African redemption; working for human equality and women's rights; preparing youth for leadership; the importance of moral and spiritual consciousness; promoting African cultural nationalism and unity; and invention of self-knowledge and human civilization. Based on these lessons, the author proposes a self and community development plan. This plan describes how Africans can repair their psyche through self-knowledge and self-determination, how they can use male-female complementary forces to repair their families and communities and how they can use African spiritual consciousness to heal Africa and the world. Bibliogr.