The Intellectual Foundations of the Black Consciousness Movement

Steve Biko

The essay, by Mabogo More, is an examination of the philosophical foundations of the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa.

Black Consciousness is both a movement and a philosophy. Since a lot has been written about both its historical origins and political dimensions, I shall here pay more attention to its philosophical underpinnings. I argue that this philosophical dimension is traceable from a long line of a discursive field predicated on the lived experiences of African and African-descended people in diaspora and recently given expression by a philosophical tradition known as ‘Africana philosophy’.

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