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Between Homeland and MotherlandAfrica, U.S. Foreign Policy, and Black Leadership in America$
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Alvin B. Jr. Tillery

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801448973

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801448973.001.0001

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“The Time for Freedom Has Come”

“The Time for Freedom Has Come”

Black Leadership in the Age of Decolonization

(p.99) 4 “The Time for Freedom Has Come”
Between Homeland and Motherland

Alvin B. Tillery

Cornell University Press

This chapter demonstrates how the political context of black politics shifted in response to the decolonization movements that swept across Africa beginning in the 1950s. Both the black elite and the masses rewrote their prevailing notions of black authenticity in response to these African decolonization movements. This new black authenticity grew out of the notion that Africa was now a place to look for models to challenge white supremacy on the home front. Due to this transformation, black Americans now saw their collective fate as linked with the new nations in Africa. And although there was the occasional conflict between the black elite and the rank-and-file within the civil rights movement, for the most part, there was widespread agreement within the black community about the importance of Africa for the domestic movement by the close of the UN Year of Africa.

Keywords:   black politics, decolonization, black authenticity, white supremacy, Africa, African decolonization movements

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