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Proudly We Can Be AfricansBlack Americans and Africa, 1935-1961$
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James H. Meriwether

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780807826690

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807860410_meriwether

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(p.241) Epilogue
Proudly We Can Be Africans

James H. Meriwether

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter summarizes the preceding discussions and presents some final thoughts. African Americans had turned to contemporary Africa and included it in their lives for a number of positive reasons: for the inspiration it provided for the struggle in America; for a sense of solidarity; and for the pride and confidence that came from seeing black men and women win their freedom and run their own countries. A transforming Africa had enabled black Americans to reject old negative images of Africa, rethink ideas about redeeming and uplifting Africa, and embrace contemporary Africa.

Keywords:   African Americans, Africa, solidarity, freedom

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