This book brings together chapters authored by leading African American Studies/Black Studies scholars in the USA and the UK. It focuses on the roots of the discipline, reaching back to early brilliant Black intellectuals, discusses the historical and epistemological development of formal Black Studies, setting these in their socio-political contexts, and presents research methodologies and guidelines that are appropriate and valid for people of African descent. A number of chapters direct attention to the discipline's longstanding commitment to social responsibility with chapters that focus on arts and activism, service learning and civic engagement, and present tangible examples for students. The book concludes with chapters on diverse research topics inclusive of history and gender, literature, sport, music, representation in comic books, afrofuturism, and the Black Studies Movement in the UK.
About the Author
Jeanette R. Davidson is Professor, in the Clara Luper Department of African and African American Studies, at the University of Oklahoma. She is a member of the Board of Directors for The National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) and is a member of the Executive Committee for the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies, home of the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE). Jeanette R. Davidson was honoured in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education: Top 25 Outstanding Women in Higher Education, in 2018, and The Knowledge Review: Inspiring Stories of Women Empowerment, in 2018. She was Director of African and African American Studies at the University of Oklahoma for 15 years. Prior to teaching at the University of Oklahoma, she taught at Columbia University School of Social Work, NY, NY. Jeanette R. Davidson was born in Scotland.