African Experience Essay

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To answer this question of how to undertake the study of the African experience it is important to gain a proper understanding of how Africana studies works. To gain a better understanding of how it works it is important to look all the way back into Pre-History. One can have a clear and accurate picture of two things. The first, is how little is covered in many African American Studies or Black Studies courses and textbooks in the United States. The second is that the focus primarily on the slave trade or forced diaspora of Africans is relatively recent in the history of Africans and the history of organized society.
Critical Review of Scholarship: In this paper, citation will be based on such titles such as Towards an Intellectual History
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A major problem that is faced while attempting to study the African experience is the lack of a need to pay particular attention to time and space (Carr, 2006, pg 440). African experience over the last 12,000 years into a 24 hour day. According to this analogy 500 years would be the equivalent to one hour (Carr, Lecture, Sep 2014). When certain events are placed into the day such as Dr. Martin Luther King’s death, slavery, and Christopher Columbus discovering America it becomes more apparent that in the United States the African experience has been very short. It also begins to answer the framing question that has been …show more content…
The question: “Why is it so important for us to seek our identity through other people’s memory?”. While looking at this it has been baffling as to why education systems continue to try to teach Black History or African American history with books that include nothing about the development of African society prior to the development of ones in Europe and Asia and how they seem to create a large gap between 3,000 BCE and the 1700’s CE. They often teach the story incorrectly or only teach half of it. Therefore they might as well not teach

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