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Escape from New YorkThe New Negro Renaissance beyond Harlem$
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Davarian L. Baldwin and Minkah Makalani

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677382

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677382.001.0001

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“Brightest Africa” in theNew Negro Imagination

“Brightest Africa” in theNew Negro Imagination

(p.31) 1 “Brightest Africa” in theNew Negro Imagination
Escape from New York

Jeannette Eileen Jones

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter explores the New Negro’s relationship to Africa, with particular emphasis on how New Negroes responded to the colonization of Africa and thus contributed to the so-called “discourses of Brightest Africa.” It considers the emergence of a New Negro consciousness and identity that directly engaged Africa and involved people of African descent from across the African diaspora and within the United States. It also examines how the “Brightest Africa” discourses helped shape an anticolonial New Negro consciousness, which included a range of political orientations but shared a belief in the ties of consanguinity between all persons of African descent. In tracing the polyvalent discourses of Brightest Africa, this chapter discusses the work of familiar pan-Africanist figures like W. E. B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, and members of the African Blood Brotherhood as well as Booker T. Washington and other New Negroes who engaged Africa in their everyday politics.

Keywords:   colonization, New Negro, Africa, Brightest Africa, African diaspora, W. E. B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, African Blood Brotherhood, Booker T. Washington

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