Organized by major themes such as creation stories, and resistance to oppression, this collection gather together ancient, anonymous writers whose texts were originally written on stone and papyri, and the well-known public figures of more recent times whose spoken and written words have shaped the intellectual history of the diaspora.
Preface An African Chronology 1. African Sources: An Introduction Part I: The Creation of the Universe 2. The Heliopolis Creation Narrative 3. The Memphite Declaration of the Deities 4. Vision of the Universe Pharaoh Unas 5. Vision of the Universe Pharaoh Teti 6. Vision of the Universe Pharaoh Pepi 7. Tomb Inscription Princess Ni-sedjer-kai 8. Tomb Inscription Hotep-her-akhet 9. Tomb Inscription Nefer-seshem-ra 10. Memorial Stone Ni-hebsed-pepi 11. The San Creation Narrative 12. The Khoi Creation Narrative 13. The BarozviCreation Narrative 14. The Dogon Creation Narrative 15. The Yoruba Creation Narrative 16. The Asante Tower to Heaven 17. The Asante Concept of the Creation of the Lesser Gods 18. The Creation James Weldon Johnson Part II: Religious Ideas 19. The Prophecy Nefer-rohu 20. Tomb Prayers Paheri 21. Selections from the Papyrus of Ani 22. Hymns to Aten Akhenaten 23. Prayer and Hymn Haremhab 24. Penitential Hymns 25. Selections from the Book of Henok (Enoch) 26. Religion and Ancestor Veneration Jomo Kenyatta 27. Asante Praise Poems to Tano River and the Earth 28. A Lodagaa Libation to the Ancestors 29. Recurrent Themes in Ga Libation (Mpai) Oratory Abu Shardow Abarry 30. Igbo Invocations 31. Wapele: The Concept of Good Character in Ifa Literary Corpus Wande Abimbola 32. Akan Religion Mensah Sarbah Part III: Culture and Identity 33. Her Assertion of Her Power Queen Hatshepsut 34. Yoruba Praises to Ogun 35. The Resources of the Oral Epic Isidore Okpewho 36. Kouroukan Fougan, or the Division of the World by Sundiata 37. The Ozidi Saga J.P. Clark-Bekederemo 38. The Rise of Shaka Mazisi Kunene 39. A Myth of Origins: Esu-Elegbara and the Signifying Monkey Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 40. Identity, Culture, and Kidnapping Olaudah Equiano 41. Indigenous Institutions of Ghana '85 J. Caseley Hayford 42. The Condition and Destiny of Africans in the United States Martin Delany 43. W.E.B. Du Bois and The Souls of Black Folk Houston A. Baker, Jr. 44. Notes on a Return to the Native Land Aime Cesaire 45. The Origin and History of the Black World Cheikh Anta Diop 46. Africa's Tripartite Heritage: Towards Cultural Synthesis Ali A. Mazrui 47. The Origin and Growth of Afro-American Literature John Henrik Clarke 48. First Congress of Negro Writers and Artists (1956) 49. Second Congress of Negro Writers and Artists (1959) 50. On National Culture Frantz Fanon 51. Identity and Dignity in the Context of Struggle Amilcar Cabral 52. African Classical Concepts of Tragedy Wole Soyinka 53. The Akan Blackened Stool and the Odwira Festival Peter Sarpong 54. The Ga Homowo (Hunger-Hooting) Cultural Festival Abu Shardow Abarry 55. Africa as the Nursery of Science and Literature J. Africanus B. Horton 56. The Principal Issues in Afrocentric Inquiry Molefi Kete Asante 57. Genetic Linguistic Connections of Ancient Egypt and the Rest of Africa Theophile Obenca Part IV: Philosophy and Morality 58. The Study of African Religions and Philosophy John Mbiti 59. The Idea of African Philosophy Kwame Gyekye 60. Moral Teachings Ptah-hotep 61. My Victory over Circumstances Sinuhe 62. Instructions for Well-Being Amenemope 63. The Pharaoh's Speech at the Installation of Rekhmire as Prime Minister 64. The Doomed Prince 65. The Story of the Two Brothers 66. My Journey to Asia Wen-Amon 67. The Lion in Search of Man 68. African Socialism Leopold Sedar Senghor 69. Consciencism Kwame Nkrumah 70. The Zulu Personal Declaration 71. The African Writer and the English Language Chinua Achebe 72. Igbo Proverbs 73. Luyia Proverbs 74. African American Spirituals 75. On African Rights and Liberty Maria W. Stewart 76. Philosophy and Opinions Marcus Garvey 77. The Concept of Race W.E.B. DuBois 78. The Ethics of Culture Alain Locke 79. The Life and Times of Anton Wilhelm Amo, the First African (Black) Philosopher in Europe William E. Abraham Part V: Society and Politics 80. Autobiography Weni 81. Autobiography Harkhuf 82. Theory of Human Society William E. Abraham 83. On the Fante National Constitution Mensah Sarbah 84. Mohammedanism and the Negro Race Edward Wilmot Blyden 85. Christianity and the Negro Race Edward Wilmot Blyden 86. Racial Accommodation Booker T. Washington 87. The Atlanta Exposition Address Booker T. Washington 88. Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others W.E.B. DuBois 89. A Critique of Booker T. Washington's Plan Monroe Trotter 90. Women as Leaders Amy Jacques Garvey 91. Brazilian Quilombismo Abdias Do Nascimento 92. Pan-African Congress Resolution (1919) 93. Pan-African Congress Resolution (1945) 94. The Power of Negro Action Paul Robeson 95. Declaration and Resolutions of the First Conference of Independent African States (1958) 96. The Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles): Their Meaning and Message Maulana Karenga 97. One-Party Government Julius K. Nyerere 98. The Need for a Union Government for Africa Kwame Nkrumah 99. The Rise and Fall of Nkrumah C.L.R. James 100. My Dungeon Shook: Letter to My Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Emancipation James Baldwin 101. W.E.B. DuBois: The Jamesian Organic Intellectual Cornel West Part VI: Resistance and Renewal 102. The Expulsion of the Hyksos Ah-mose 103. The Commemorative Stone of Thutmose III 104. Annals Thutmose III 105. Pharaoh Piye and the Victory over North 106. The Portuguese Fortress at El Mina King Kwame Ansa 107. A Shona Song 108. Narrative Nat Turner 109. Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World: Our Wretchedness in Consequence of Slavery David Walker 110. Fourth of July Oration Frederick Douglass 111. We Are All Bound Up Together Frances Ellen Watkins Harper 112. Womanhood: A Vital Element in the Regeneration and Progress of a Race Anna Julia Cooper 113. Lynch Law in All Its Phases Ida B. Wells-Barnett 114. The Mis-Education of the Negro Carter G. Woodson 115. Address to the League of Nations Emperor Haile Selassie 116. My Last Will and Testament Mary McLeod Bethune 117. I Have a Dream Martin Luther King, Jr. 118. Colonial War and Mental Disorders Frantz Fanon 119. Revolutionary Culture and the Future of Pan African Culture Amiri Baraka 120. Charter of the Organization of African Unity 121. How Africa Developed before the Coming of the Europeans - up to the Fifteenth Century Walter Rodney 122. Message to the Grassroots Malcolm X 123. Towards the Sixth Pan African Congress: Aspects of the International Class Struggle in Africa, the Caribbean, and America Walter Rodney 124. Letter from a Birmingham Jail Martin Luther King, Jr. 125. Negroes Are Not Moving Too Fast Martin Luther King, Jr. 126. Cultural Revolution and the Future of the Pan African Culture Abdias do Nascimento 127. Black Women and Music: A Historical Legacy of Struggle Angela Y. Davis 128. Black Sisters, Speak Out Awa Thiam 129. The Million Man March/Day of Absence Mission Statement Maulana Karenga Glossary of Names and Terms Suggestions for Further Reading Sources and Credits Index
"This marvelous volume, African Intellectual Heritage, is indispensable for anyone interested in the life of the mind. Molefi Asante and Abu Abarry are to be congratulated for this fine gift." - Cornel West, Harvard University "This impressive work shows a profound appreciation for African intellectual ideas." - H. Patrick Swygert, President, Howard University "Remarkable for its extensive coverage of the African world, African Intellectual Heritage brings together the information for which scholars, students, and the general public have been waiting. Mary McLeod Bethune, Julius Nyerere, Marcus Garvey, and Ptahhotep in the same book! This is a bold and positive enterprise." - Rebecca Hankins, Senior Curator, Amistad Research Center, Tulane University
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