Molefi K. Asante Analysis


(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Asante, Molefi K. “Afrocentric Curriculum.” Educational Leadership 219 (December, 1991-January, 1992): 28-31. A discussion of how an Afrocentric curriculum empowers students. Also discusses how Asante began to conceptualize Afrocentricity, why African American youths are not motivated to learn and achieve in American schools, and the importance of respect in gaining empowerment.

Asante, Molefi K. “The Afrocentric Idea in Education.” The Journal of Negro Education 62 (Spring, 1991): 170-180. A discussion of the principles that govern the development of the Afrocentric ideas in education first mentioned by Carter G. Woodson in his book The Mis-Education of the Negro (1933). Asante examines the approach and rationale for Afrocentric education in the United States. He describes public schools as failing to accommodate the needs of all African American children.

Baker, Houston. The American Journal of Sociology 94 (September, 1988). Reviews The Afrocentric Idea and gives a positive assessment focusing on the power of the “word” and the critique of Eurocentrism.

Chowdhury, Kanishka. “Afrocentric Voices: Constructing Identities, [Dis]placing Difference.” College Literature 24, no. 2 (June, 1997): 35. Discusses scholars who promote African American studies. Claims that Asante “believes that the Afrocentric doctrine is the only way for African Americans to attain their real identity.”

Esonwanne, Uzo. Review of Kemet, Afrocentricity, and Knowledge, by Molefi K. Asante. Research in African Literatures 23 (Spring, 1992). Argues against the Afrocentric perspective but supports Pan-African political interests.

Ziegler, Dhyana, ed. Molefi Kete Asante and Afrocentricity: In Praise and in Criticism. Nashville: James C. Winston, 1995. Brings together eighteen essays that primarily support and extend Asante’s theory. The articles address such issues as spiritual aspects of Afrocentricity, parallels to the work of Woodson, the evolution of Asante’s educational philosophy, and multiculturalism.