Pillars of Change - Black scholars and ghetto youth aim for equality in France and Afro-Europe
by Thomas L Blair, published by Edition Blair 2009-12
Pillars of Change is a lucidly written account of the conflicted yet inter-linked destinies of Black youth and intellectuals in often-hostile western societies. More
Pillars of Change - Black scholars and ghetto youth aim for equality in France and Afro-Europe By Thomas L Blair, published by Edition Blair 2009
For over 50 years Black scholars and artists helped fight our cultural wars from a diasporic base in Paris. But the stigmatised children of immigrants have discovered that "culture alone won't feed us always". Pillars of Change pursues this challenge to fulfill the legendary philosopher Alioune Diop's dream of a resurgent and equal Black Identity in modern western societies.
At the outset, the book reaffirms the call for new thinking set forth by the organisers of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the 1st International Congress of Black Writers and Artists in 2006. Re-examining the scholar's role in society is long over due, according to Mme Y C Diop of the Society of African Culture, Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka Nobel Laureate and Prof Henry Louis Gates, Jr of the W E B Du Bois Institute for African and African Research, Harvard University.
Pillars of Change pursues this challenge through forty-pages of incisive writing, interviews with key Afro-French personalities and rebellious youth. Exclusive commentaries shed light on contemporary problems and prospects in la belle France. Detailed proposals for Afro-European Studies programmes and a niche for the African Digital Diaspora in cyberspace are added benefits.