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Free the LandThe Republic of New Afrika and the Pursuit of a Black Nation-State$
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Edward Onaci

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469656144

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469656144.001.0001

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Revolutionary Name Choices

Revolutionary Name Choices

Self-Definition and Self-Determination

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Free the Land

Edward Onaci

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses primarily on the ideas behind and the practice of naming. It argues that name choices are the most fundamental form of individual and group self-determination developed by New Afrikans (and Black Power activists more generally). This chapter historicizes black naming practices in the United States, covering their importance from the era of racial slavery to the moments when Nation of Islam and Malcolm X, among others, were helping instil Black pride in mid-twentieth century African Americans. Specifically, it examines the ways that individual and group names, identity, cartography, and orthography became effective tools for the mechanics of liberation struggle. Taken for granted by both the name studies scholarship and histories of the Black Power Movement, this consideration of naming encourages scholars and activists to think more deeply and critically about the value of politically conscious naming practices.

Keywords:   New Afrika, Name choice, Naming, Identity, Nation of Islam, Malcolm X, Self-determination, Lifestyle politics, Activism, Black pride

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