chapter  1
The Resurgence of the African World in the 21st Century
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African intellectuals have used the term Diaspora more prominently since the 1950s when large numbers of African scholars and activists began adopting the term Diaspora as a statement of solidarity with the struggles of the African continent. Although there had been from the earliest times a sense of belonging to Africa in the writings of Edward Blyden, Martin Delany, Abdias do Nascimento, Marcus Garvey, and others, it was the

liberation of the African continent that brought into existence a new era of pride and dignity. The use of the term “Ethiopia” was prominent in the discourse of memory and return and there was a sense in which Africans in the Diaspora no longer had to feel that we were motherless children a long way from home.