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1. Shockley, Kmt. "Literatures and Definitions: Toward Understanding Africentric Education" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 33rd Annual National Council for Black Studies, Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown, Atlanta, GA, Mar 19, 2009 <Not Available>. 2019-07-18 <>
Publication Type: Individual Presentation
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: For decades, Afrocentric education has been mentioned as a potential resolution
to the many academic and social problems being faced by Black children
in U.S. public schools, but, ironically, it has rarely if ever been defined and
assessed within mainstream discourses. This article explicates some of
historical developments and dimensions of constructs that appear within the
literature on cultural reattachment Afrocentric education. Cultural reattachment
is a process whereby people of African descent begin to adopt (wholly or
partially) aspects of an African culture. Afrocentric education is defined as
the adoption of Afrocentric ideology and cultural relevancy for use within
classrooms. Proponents of cultural reattachment Afrocentric education advance
important “cultural constructs” that they believe should be part of any effort
to educate Black children. As a result, educationists (teachers, administrators,
researchers) who are familiar with the constructs are armed with the necessary
tools to advocate for a more authentic education for Black children.

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