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The Social Activism And Theology Of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Lauren D. Brisbon Jul 2015

The Social Activism And Theology Of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Lauren D. Brisbon

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This dissertation examines a need for black theology and its impact on social activism in the theological community in the United States. Black theology is a necessary component in the work of a theologian. In this research, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.'s social activism is examined within the context of black theology. Based on this study, black theology provides a theological framework for theologians to follow to become social agents in their community.

In the 1960s, a group of radical, African-American clergy interpreted Christianity from the black American struggle perspective as it relates to freedom in America. Black theology includes ...


An Historical Analysis Of Edward Wilmot Blyden, 1821-1912, Alfred Emmanuel Brimah Worley May 2015

An Historical Analysis Of Edward Wilmot Blyden, 1821-1912, Alfred Emmanuel Brimah Worley

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This study investigated the productiveness of the legacy of Edward Wilmot Blyden as an educator, Pan-Negro Patriot, politician, and missionary from 1821 to 1912. The study was based on the premise that Blyden contributed to the re-Africanization of freed blacks who emigrated to Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Historical analysis was used as a methodology for the investigation of Blyden's effectiveness on the various roles he fulfilled toward helping freed blacks in their struggles to become African. The researcher found that freed blacks who had emigrated to Liberia and Sierra Leone, in West Africa, were able to adapt and to ...


Flight: An Epic Journey In The Legend Of The Flying Africans, Darlene D. Thomas May 2015

Flight: An Epic Journey In The Legend Of The Flying Africans, Darlene D. Thomas

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This study examines the term flight, as both motif and as consciousness in the legend of the flying Africans, and the cosmological differences as represented in four texts: Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon, Paula Marshall's Praisesong for the Widow, Ralph Ellison's Flying Home, and Octavia Butler's Kindred. Flight is measured in terms of recurring patterns found within the texts and their meanings given by the authors. The problem of this research stems from the issue that the Gullah, direct descendents of the flying Africans (Igbos) along the Coastal Sea Islands of the United States, have upheld ...


A Study Of The Social Barriers Leading To The Disproportionately Higher Incidence Of Alzheimer's Disease In The African American Population, Edna Andrews-Rose May 2008

A Study Of The Social Barriers Leading To The Disproportionately Higher Incidence Of Alzheimer's Disease In The African American Population, Edna Andrews-Rose

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This study examines social factors associated with the disproportionately higher incidence of Alzheimer's disease in the African American population. Ninety participants were selected for the study utilizing non-probability convenience sampling. The survey participants were composed of primary care givers of Alzheimer's clients. The findings of the study indicated that socio-economic factors were a significant variable in the diagnosis of Alzheimer's' disease. Respondents 65.9% reported that participation in research was not equally shared by all ethnicities. The results of the study revealed that 56.8% of respondents allowed patients to remain in the home due to support ...


May The Circle Be Unbroken? A Study Of Daughters With African-American Imprisoned Mothers., Da'tarvia A. Parrish May 2008

May The Circle Be Unbroken? A Study Of Daughters With African-American Imprisoned Mothers., Da'tarvia A. Parrish

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This study examines the effects of imprisonment on children with imprisoned mothers and explores factors that attribute to their success. This study was based on the premise that in the process of determining the successful outcome of the child, agencies do not regard the succession of events in the mother's life that led her to prison. An analysis was performed using data, existing reports, literature, a personal narrative, and figures on women and mothers in the penal system, their children, and programs designed to assist them. The researcher found that the literature, reports and data, and personal narrative correlate ...


The History Of Black Nationalism And Internal Factors That Prevented The Founding Of An Independent Black Nation-State., Kenyatta Jay Fleming Jan 2008

The History Of Black Nationalism And Internal Factors That Prevented The Founding Of An Independent Black Nation-State., Kenyatta Jay Fleming

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This thesis examined the political history of Black Nationalism in America in order to determine those internal organizational factors that have prevented Black Nationalists, specifically of the Black Power Era (1 966-1 975), from achieving selfdetermination, with the highest expression being the founding of an independent Black nation-state. The study was based on the premise that the goal of Black Nationalism was the founding of a Black nation-state for African-Americans. A historical comparative analysis was used to determine what internal factors prevented Black Nationalists from successfully founding a Black nation-state. The researcher found several internal factors that interfered with the ...


Breaking Silence: Gendered And Sexual Identities And Hiv/Aids Risk Amongst Youth In Kenya, Mary P. Wandera Jul 2007

Breaking Silence: Gendered And Sexual Identities And Hiv/Aids Risk Amongst Youth In Kenya, Mary P. Wandera

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The voices of youth are typically absent in research on African communities. The assumption is that children are not really active subjects, and that adults can speak and act on their behalf. This study addresses the walls of silence between children and parents; teachers and learners and between boys and girls, on matters of gender, sexuality and HIV/AIDS. Within these walls, youth construct and re-construct their roles as either feminine or masculine. We see them challenging social constructs and reclaiming their voices and their right to be heard as experts about their own gendered and sexual lives. Using interviews ...


Rhythm And Blues Protest Songs: Voices Of Resistance, Eddie Yancey May 2007

Rhythm And Blues Protest Songs: Voices Of Resistance, Eddie Yancey

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This study was an investigation of seven selected rhythm and blues black protest songs, from 1964 to 1975, and their relationship to black empowerment during the era of the Black Power Movement. The songs were analyzed using content analysis and revealed three expected themes of self/black identity, racial equity and self-determination. A fourth theme, social change, evolved during the study. The study focused on the political, cultural and economic ramifications, especially of black music, as a form of protest against a system that proved to be one of inequality, and prejudicial segregation in every aspect of the black life ...


Women Of Power, Sisters Of Faith: A Case Study Of The Women Bishops Of The African Methodist Episcopal Church, Shirley Ahera Waters-White May 2007

Women Of Power, Sisters Of Faith: A Case Study Of The Women Bishops Of The African Methodist Episcopal Church, Shirley Ahera Waters-White

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This study provides an account and analysis of the role of women in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and discusses their attempts to achieve equal status with men in service to and leadership in the church. The study also examines and analyzes the personal style, skills and abilities of each of the women bishops and assesses the factors that led to her election. A case study approach was used to explain the causal links that have led to the historic election of three women bishops; to describe the context in which this event has occurred; to explore the issues and ...


Bricks In Our Bags: Examining Hypertension In African-American Women Through An African-Centered Perspective, Letitia Presley-Cantrell May 2006

Bricks In Our Bags: Examining Hypertension In African-American Women Through An African-Centered Perspective, Letitia Presley-Cantrell

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This study examines the association between women with characteristics of Africana Womanism and hypertension (high blood pressure).

An analysis was performed using data from the National Survey of Black Americans to determine the association between women with characteristics of Africana Womanism and hypertension. Data analysis consisted of univariate, bivariate, and multivariate analyses. An analysis of the data revealed that characteristics of Africana Womanism serve as a protective factor for hypertension in African-American women. The association between women with characteristics of Africana Womanism and hypertension when adjusting for age indicates that women with characteristics of Africana Womanism were 0.56 times ...


Speaking The Invisible : Africana Women, Black Identity, And Alienation In The Works Of Nella Larsen And Tsitsi Dangarembga, Regina L. Bryant Dec 2003

Speaking The Invisible : Africana Women, Black Identity, And Alienation In The Works Of Nella Larsen And Tsitsi Dangarembga, Regina L. Bryant

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This study examines black identity and alienation Nella Larsen's and Tsitsi Dangarembgal’s Passing and Nervous Conditions. The novels demonstrate the authors' interpretation of the conditions within their respective societies of the impact of slavery and colonization on Africana women. As a springboard in the development of these issues, Frantz Fanon's seminal works Black Skin, White Masks and The Wretched of the Earth and the DuBoisian notion of double consciousness were used in analyzing the attitudes and behaviors of the oppressed and oppressor of Africana women. This study was based on the premise that wherever black people are ...


Deconstruction Of Stereotypical Images And Mediated Messages In African-American Sitcoms, Shenetha L. Wilburn May 2002

Deconstruction Of Stereotypical Images And Mediated Messages In African-American Sitcoms, Shenetha L. Wilburn

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This study examines the images of African Americans in black-themed sitcoms and mediated messages presented here. The study was based on the premise that the images of African Americans on television sitcoms are one dimensional and comedic. A content analysis approach was used to analyze various television sitcoms. Definitions were used to determine what type of image existed using the foundation provided by Donald Bogle and Stewart Hall. The researcher found that although many of the African-American-themed sitcoms investigated represented traditional stereotypical images, there were mediated messages in these sitcoms, which offered a new and different perspective on African Americans ...


Comparative Study Of Breast Cancer In The United States, India, And South Africa: 1996- Present, Ranga Rao Sunkara Dec 2001

Comparative Study Of Breast Cancer In The United States, India, And South Africa: 1996- Present, Ranga Rao Sunkara

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This study identifies forces that prevent or contribute to women's participation in breast cancer screening and other breast cancer prevention activities. The study was based on the premise that women from the lower socioeconomic groups in India, South Africa, and the United States had a higher rate of breast cancer because they are diagnosed at the more advanced stages of the disease and do not engage in breast screening opportunities. Moreover, there is limited access to services and transportation, and there is little faith in the professional health care provider and the treatment received from the health care provider ...


Intentional Single Parenting By Educated African-American And South African Women: Case Studies, Tanya Marie Ratcliff Oct 2001

Intentional Single Parenting By Educated African-American And South African Women: Case Studies, Tanya Marie Ratcliff

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This study examined the factors that tend to lead to intentional single parenting of educated African-American and South African women.

The study was based on the premise that four factors were the dominating dynamics behind a woman’s decision to intentionally single parent.

A case study analysis approach was used to document data gathered from twelve women from America and South Africa. An interview scale and an interview grid were developed. The researcher found that the four factors were significant elements in determining intentional single parenting. These factors are l) the belief of an available mate shortage, 2) educational and ...


The African Colonization Movement In Georgia: The Expatriation Of Freeborn And Emancipated Blacks, 1817-1860, Falechiondro Karcheik Sims-Alvarado Aug 2001

The African Colonization Movement In Georgia: The Expatriation Of Freeborn And Emancipated Blacks, 1817-1860, Falechiondro Karcheik Sims-Alvarado

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This research examines the internal and external forces that motivated freeborn and emancipated black Georgians to emigrate to Africa during the African Colonization Movement, 1817-1860. Throughout the study, qualitative and quantitative data were used to analyze the reasons why antebellum black Georgians embraced the ideas of black expatriation. The qualitative data consisted of the writings of black opponents as well as the writings of the proponents of African colonization, including Georgia émigrés, and the agents of the American Colonization Society. The quantitative data consisted of the number of emigrants who resettled to Africa and their survival rate in the newly ...


The Impact Of Structural Adjustment Policies On Maternal Mortality And Morbidity: A Case Study Of Kenya, Njoki M. Randall May 2001

The Impact Of Structural Adjustment Policies On Maternal Mortality And Morbidity: A Case Study Of Kenya, Njoki M. Randall

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This study examines the conflicting and differing political-economic crisis facing Kenya over time in an effort to explain people’s health and, especially women’s health in the areas of maternal mortality and morbidity. In that respect, this study has particularly assessed structural adjustment policies instituted by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in order to determine how they might have exacerbated the health conditions of women in Kenya.

Since maternal mortality and morbidity in Kenya have escalated under structural adjustment policies, this study used two methodological approaches to assess the health situation: (1) the historical-comparative approach ...


The Representation Of Moral Turpitude In The African Novel: The Example Of Ben Okri In The Landscapes Within And Dangerous Love, Brian M. Williams Jul 1999

The Representation Of Moral Turpitude In The African Novel: The Example Of Ben Okri In The Landscapes Within And Dangerous Love, Brian M. Williams

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This study examines the portraiture of moral depravity in the African novel with specific reference to Ben Okri, and defines the authorial challenge that Okri poses to his readers. The study also explores the narrative differences between The Landscapes Within and Dangerous Love; the latter is an elaboration and revision of the former. Working under the assumption that a filiation exists in the tradition of African realism, the study undertook a comparative analysis, which includes the works of Wole Soyinka and Ayi Kwei Armah, as well as Okri. Soyinka’s and Armab’s works are used as barometers to measure ...


Re-Membering Madness In Africana Women's Literature, Jennifer D. Williams Dec 1998

Re-Membering Madness In Africana Women's Literature, Jennifer D. Williams

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This thesis examined the motif of madness in four literary works by Africana women: Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, Myriam Warner-Vieyra’s Juletane, Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions, and Bessie Head’s A Question of Power. The study was based on the premise that Africana women’s literature serves a receptive purpose. The primary goal was to demonstrate fictionalized madness as a social metaphor and to show how it relates to the existential realities of black women. A deconstructionist approach was used to analyze the four novels, and, a convergence of feminist and Afrocentric theories was used to unearth ...


Contemporary Afrocentric Religious Expressions Of The Pan-African Orthodox Christian Church As Compared To John S. Mbiti's Interpretation Of African Religion, Raymond Evan Schumpert Jul 1996

Contemporary Afrocentric Religious Expressions Of The Pan-African Orthodox Christian Church As Compared To John S. Mbiti's Interpretation Of African Religion, Raymond Evan Schumpert

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This study examined the similarities and differences between John S. Mbiti's analysis of African religion and the theology of the Pan-African Orthodox Christian Church (P.A.O.C.C.). The study sought to establish whether the similarities represent African retentions and conscious adaptations within the P.A.O.C.C.

Five aspects were considered in the analysis of African Religion and the P.A.O.C.C. They are: revelation, god, humanity, savior/messiah and church.

The researcher found that within the theology of the P.A.O.C.C. there exist significant African retentions and learned adaptations of ...


An Examination Of English Speaking Rhythmic Games And Plays Of African American Children, Dawn L. Wright Jul 1996

An Examination Of English Speaking Rhythmic Games And Plays Of African American Children, Dawn L. Wright

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This study examines the oral traditions of African American children through their games and play activities. It is comprised of a thorough analysis of the historical literature on African American folk song and dance for a solid background into contemporary African American expressions of music and movement. The thesis is based on the assumption that African Americans' oral traditions, although definitely affected by experiences of acculturation and enslavement, are still rich with their African heritage and are uniquely theirs. The bulk of the thesis is dedicated to examining the collected games and plays of African Americans, both from printed and ...


Africana Women's Voices From The South: Focusing On Women's Issues Of The Past For Definition, Identification, And Clarification In The Presnet, Alvelyn J. Sanders May 1996

Africana Women's Voices From The South: Focusing On Women's Issues Of The Past For Definition, Identification, And Clarification In The Presnet, Alvelyn J. Sanders

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This study discussed the significant link between Anna Julia Cooper's A Voice from the South (1892) and the work of twentieth-century, black, Southern women writers through their exploration of specific issues, black feminist theory, and the conditions under which they were written.

This thesis was based on the premise that Cooper's text can provide clarification for contemporary black women's issues, show a continuum in the work of Southern writers, and prove that similar conditions exist today for black women as in the nineteenth century.

Chapter One defines some of the similar issues found in Cooper's work ...


Institutional Racism, Redlining & The Decline Of Six Atlanta Communities, Kurt B. Young Jul 1994

Institutional Racism, Redlining & The Decline Of Six Atlanta Communities, Kurt B. Young

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Bank, mortgage and insurance redlining, as an extension of institutional racism, has been detrimental to the development of African American communities. Racism has always existed as a negative force in the lives of African Americans and has historically been observed with relative ease. Today, racism continues to hamper the social, political and economic advancement of African Americans but it has become highly sophisticated and less visible, making it much more difficult to detect by its victims. This difficulty in detection has caused confusion in the problem-solving efforts of those concerned with the decline of African American neighborhoods. This study discusses ...


The African Presence In The Novels Of Paule Marshall, Angela Harrington Rice Apr 1993

The African Presence In The Novels Of Paule Marshall, Angela Harrington Rice

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The novels written by Paule Marshall are examined chronologically to demonstrate how Africa functions and is represented in her works. Published interviews and essays by Marshall are also examined, as well as critical analysis of her works by scholars.

Africa is present in Paule Marshall's novels through ritual, history, language, and myth. Paule Marshall's work demonstrates how Africanisms operate in the United States and in the Caribbean. She articulates the need for people throughout the African diaspora to confront and use the past as a vehicle for empowerment. Marshall's protagonists are women who find that when they ...


Social Change In Selected West Indian Novels, Masako Sakuma May 1990

Social Change In Selected West Indian Novels, Masako Sakuma

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This study, based on novels written originally in English by writers from English-speaking West Indian nations during the period 1949 to 1980, explores the authors' vision of the motives, nature and processes by which liberation from colonialism is sought and achieved. Extended discussion is given to the following: V.S. Reid's New Day (1949, George Lamming's In the Castle of My Skin (1953), John Hearne’s Land of the Living (1961), Andrew Salkey's A Quality of Violence (1959), Paule Marshall's The Chosen Place, The Timeless People (1969), V. S. Naipaul's Guerrillas (1975), and Michael Thelwell ...


Black Studies Programs: Surviving On An Edge, Ervin Lovella Richards Jul 1988

Black Studies Programs: Surviving On An Edge, Ervin Lovella Richards

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Black Studies programs are disappearing on college campuses. There is a need to know why these programs are being phased out of school curriculums.

Two contributing factors leading to the disappearance of Black Studies are: the lack of student enrollment, and the cutback in the government education budget.

A two-part survey was used to obtain an idea of what students think about Black Studies and if they consider them important. The result of the survey indicates that students know the importance of Black Studies but enroll in programs that may offer better financial stability.


An Analysis Of Black Life And Economics With Some Comments On Labor Unions As Reflected In The Messenger, 1917-28, Lavonne Baker Roberts Jul 1982

An Analysis Of Black Life And Economics With Some Comments On Labor Unions As Reflected In The Messenger, 1917-28, Lavonne Baker Roberts

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Zora Neale Hurston's Views On Men, Women And Love, Willie Mae Samuel Aug 1979

Zora Neale Hurston's Views On Men, Women And Love, Willie Mae Samuel

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No abstract provided.


Camp Life Of Contrabands And Freedmen, 1861-1865, Joel W. Shinault Aug 1979

Camp Life Of Contrabands And Freedmen, 1861-1865, Joel W. Shinault

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Black Dependency And Black Self-Determination 1960-1970, Irma Grovey Robinson Aug 1978

Black Dependency And Black Self-Determination 1960-1970, Irma Grovey Robinson

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From 1935 to present governmental social programs have attained a monetary magnitude not likely to have been envisioned by those responsible for their inception.

This study traces the evolution of these social programs in an attempt to relate, as far as possible, the impact of these programs on the hopes and aspirations of black people. Since the proportion of blacks receiving governmental assistance is so large, an assessment of the financial and social gains or losses made by blacks should be indicative of the effect of these programs.

Employment and earnings, education, health and housing were the major focuses of ...


The African National Congress Of South Africa: A Political History Of The Events Which Precipitated The Change From Non-Violence To Violence As A Means Of Struggle Against The Apartheid State, 1913-1963, Annette C. Sheckler Aug 1977

The African National Congress Of South Africa: A Political History Of The Events Which Precipitated The Change From Non-Violence To Violence As A Means Of Struggle Against The Apartheid State, 1913-1963, Annette C. Sheckler

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No abstract provided.