Africa from the Point of View of American Negro Scholars

Africa from the Point of View of American Negro Scholars

Africa from the Point of View of American Negro Scholars

Africa from the Point of View of American Negro Scholars

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The American Society of African Culture was organized a little over a year ago by those of us who attended the First International Congress of Negro Writers and Artists. Last June the Society held the first annual meeting of its membership.

When Alioune Diop was in the United States in the early fall of 1957, he suggested that the newly formed association should undertake to provide two issues of PRESENCE AFRICAINE, one on the subject of Africa from the American Negro point of view and one on the Negro problem in America as seen by American Negroes. We agreed to this proposal and the present volume is the result of our attempt to fulfill the first of these two commitments.

Every American Negro who has written or worked in the African field was asked to contribute to this issue so that all points of view might be represented, even those with which the American Society disagreed. Obviously the Society does not agree with Frazier's thesis that there is nothing that the American Negro can contribute to African development. If this were so, there would be little reason for the existence of the Society. Nor can we agree with Du Bois when he says that there is nothing that western capital can offer Africa.

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