Furthering a Distinctive Definition for Afrocentricity and Pan-Afro Thought
Kenneth Kelly, English
Faculty Mentor: Professor Macy Todd, English
When furthering a definition of Afrocentricity and Pan-Afro thought, it is important to note that both have years-long histories of transitional definitions. The importance of furthering the definition is to add vital supplemental material and information that both honors those histories while making the terms usable and relevant in current times. Over the last decade, interest in issues related to Afrocentricity and Pan-Afro thought has increased significantly within social media, digital news outlets, and broader popular entertainment. This increase in interest provides for an opportunity to challenge the institutions that have been set in place within society for years, whilst allowing for further agency to demographics of people and cultures that are underrepresented. Research in literature, history, and folklore allows for a consideration of how an Afrocentrist approach to community engagement can be articulated for a digital generation. My presentation will suggest means of utilizing Afrocentric thought—dating back to pre-industrial communities—in order to create a more fulfilling social sphere for underrepresented peoples today.
Arts and Humanities
Kelly, Kenneth, "Furthering a Distinctive Definition for Afrocentricity and Pan-Afro Thought" (2020). Communication and Humanities. 22nd Annual Student Research and Creativity Conference. SUNY Buffalo State.