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Title:The African anti-colonial struggle: an effort at reclaiming history
Author:Serequeberhan, TsenayISNI
Periodical:Philosophia Africana: Analysis of Philosophy and Issues in Africa and the Black Diaspora
Geographic term:Africa
African identity
national liberation struggles
Abstract:Beyond the enormous political, economic and military might of Africa's former colonizers, the continent's anticolonial struggle was defeated in victory by inverted racist European myths, which it internalized, unwittingly, as its own self-conception. These myths which, more than money or weapons, constitute the most formidable obstacle in the way of the reconstitution of human society, should be destroyed. The global struggle against colonialism was, and still is, an ongoing effort aimed at the reconstitution of human society. In the African context, this is the effort aimed at reclaiming history. This paper first looks at Leopold Sedar Senghor's conception of 'Négritude' or 'Africanité' as an example of such a reversed internalized myth. Next, it examines Amilcar Cabral's notion of the anticolonial struggle as an effort to 'return to the source', an effort aimed at reclaiming history. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]