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Black in School: Afrocentric Reform, Urban Youth, and the Promise of Hip-Hop Culture


reviewed by Marvin Lynn — 2004

coverTitle: Black in School: Afrocentric Reform, Urban Youth, and the Promise of Hip-Hop Culture
Author(s): Shawn A. Ginwright
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 080774431x, Pages: 157, Year: 2004
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Shawn Ginwright’s book, Black in School: Afrocentric Reform, Urban Youth and the Promise of Hip-Hop Culture explores Afrocentricity as a political and an epistemological movement and erects an urban political economy as a means to explore the effectiveness of an Afrocentric reform movement in Oakland , California . He begins with an historical analysis of Afrocentricity in the United States , and he draws a rich history of the movement by focusing in particular on the political battles that were waged between Black communities and academe. He then addresses the ways in which two main political tendencies grew within the movement: a Marxist or revolutionary nationalist orientation and a cultural nationalist orientation. He points out that Revolutionary Nationalists espoused a Marxist ideology and felt strongly that African Americans, particularly those who are poor and/or working class, would have to engage in a full-scale revolution in order to change class and race inequities. Cultural nationalists, on the other hand, believe that African Americans need to reorient themselves to African... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 12, 2004, p. 2286-2290
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11339, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 6:15:42 AM

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  • Marvin Lynn
    University of Maryland, College Park
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    MARVIN LYNN is Assistant Professor of Minority & Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. His recent publications offer explanations and analyses of critical race theory and the work and lives of Black male teachers. He is currently completing a study of African American male teachers as inquirers into the schooling conditions for Black male high students in Prince George's County, Maryland.
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