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Black Anthropologist, Black Educator, Black Scholar, Black Woman -

Marimba Ani (initially Dona Richards) is an African Studies scholar and an anthropologist. She studied at the University of Chicago and received her first BA degree. She later enrolled at New School University for her Master’s degree and Ph.D. respectively. She taught in Hunter College as a professor of African Studies and was credited for introducing the term Maafa to refer to African holocaust. In her book, Yurugu: An Afrikan-Centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and Behavior, she has greatly challenged European thought and culture in the formation of modern institutional frameworks of black people and the world through imperialism and...

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Black Activist, Black Author, Black Man, Black Scholar, Black Speaker -

Professor James Small was born in 1945, on Arcadia plantation, located on the banks of the Waccamaw River. This Lowland rice plantation is located where the Waccamaw, Peedee, and Black Rivers converge to meet the Atlantic Ocean, on the shores of historic Georgetown, South Carolina. Prof. Small was born to a family that traces their descent from enslaved Africans, to the Yoruba, Akan, and Ewe people of West Africa. Prof. Small's heritage also stems from the Native American ancestors that inhabited these South Carolinian shores. Both his maternal great-grandmother and his paternal great-grandmother were members of the Chicora Nation, and made their home along the mighty Waccamaw River....

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