The Western Journal of Black Studies

Journal focusing on issues regarding the African American experience in the United States.

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 2, Spring

Caucasia's Migrating Bodies: Lessons in American History and Postmodernism
Born in 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts, to a white mother and black father, both activists and intellectuals, Danzy Senna received national attention after the publication of her quasi-autobiographical novel, Caucasia, 1998. Among other prestigious...
Read preview Overview
Democracy and Africa's Quest for Development
Introduction The role of the state in development ought to be predicated upon democratic governance. It goes without saying that development cannot be left to market forces alone. That development needs an active state participation brooks no controversy...
Read preview Overview
Ethical Implications of Missionary Christianity and the Emergence of Chibarirwe African Initiated Church in Colonial Zimbabwe: A Cultural Rights Discourse
Introduction The interactive relationship between concepts of human rights and African Initiated Churches and the ethics therein remains fairly unexplored. This is despite African Initiated Churches having long been an area of sustained study across...
Read preview Overview
Final Editorial
Dear Readers, This is my last issue as managing editor of the Western Journal of Black Studies. On June 30th I am handing the reins over to Dr. Paula Groves Price, Associate Professor and ethnologist in The College of Education at Washington State...
Read preview Overview
Spreading the Indigenous Gospel of Rap Music and Spoken Word Poetry: Critical Pedagogy in the Public Sphere as a Stratagem of Empowerment and Critique
Introduction Performance art, with respect to studio art, has been framed as the praxis of a postmodern theory that advocates the formation of agency, the critique of cultural codes, and the production of new cultural ideas, images, and mythical...
Read preview Overview
The Business Strategy of Booker T. Washington
The Business Strategy of Booker T. Washington AUTHOR: MICHAEL B. BOSTON UNIVERSITY PRESS OF FLORIDA, 2010 PRICE: $24.95 ISBN: 978-0-8130-3473-7 There has been a plethora of literature written about Booker T. Washington's life, accomplishments...
Read preview Overview
The Private/public Space Dichotomy: An Africana Womanist Analysis of the Gendering of Space and Power
Introduction "[In Europe and America] The man is intended for the world, woman for the home; man's strength is in the head, woman's in the heart; the man's function is to protect, woman's to soothe and comfort; men must work, and women must weep"...
Read preview Overview
The Psycho-Cultural Case for Reparations for Aboriginal Hawaiians: Parallels with African-U.S. People
Conquest is the mainstay of Caucasian civilization (Ani, 1994; Bradley, 1978; Diop, 1991). Whenever and wherever Caucasian civilization and non-Caucasian civilization have met, the culture of the Caucasian has clashed with the culture of the other...
Read preview Overview
Where from Here? Ideological Perspectives on the Future of the Civil Rights Movement, 1964-1966
Introduction and Literature Review Unfortunately, the dominant narrative of the civil rights struggle still rests, in part, on the premise that the integrationist racial liberalism of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the separatist black nationalism...
Read preview Overview
Womanist Forefathers: Frederick Douglass and W.E.B. Du Bois
Womanist Forefathers: Frederick Douglass and W. E. B. Du Bois AUTHOR: GARY L. LEMONS ALBANY: STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK PRESS, 2009 PRICE: $24.95 ISBN: 978-1-4384-2756-0 Womanist Forefathers highlights the relationship between woman's...
Read preview Overview