EP.044: Ideopraxis Series Dr. Marimba Ani’s Yurugu Part 1

Ideopraxis, a term coined by renowned African scholar Ayi Kwei Armah, means “the translation of ideas systematically embraced into structured behavior and lifestyle. Ideopraxis is the yardstick that separates revolutionary performers from phonies” (Remembering The Dismembered Continent, pg 75-76). With this term in mind, we created our Ideopraxis Series. Our Ideopraxis Series is an extension of our Conscientization 101 produced tracks from our FREE GIFT musical commentaries featuring Dr. Marimba Ani, Dr. Amos Wilson, and Dr. John Henrik Clarke.

These podcast episodes include lectures we have curated and digitally re-mastered from each of these African scholars in order to preserve these critical insights and analysis.

Our first installment is a lecture from Dr. Marimba Ani circa January 1995 at a gathering hosted by the Association for the study of Classical African Civilizations, ASCAC. In this lecture, she discusses the premise and substance of her critically acclaimed book, Yurugu: An African-Centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and Behavior, elucidating the following aspects:

  • How all analysis is based in a particular worldview
  • How culture is political and ideological
  • Defines the African Worldview
  • How she came to name the book Yurugu
  • Corrects the fallacy that western culture is universal
  • The importance of understanding why “facts” are not the same thing as the truth, and much more!

In addition, we discuss the profundity of understanding Kwame Ture’s analysis that “power begins at the level of conception”, the intellectual insights gained from reading Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D. by Dr. Chancellor Williams and Two Thousand Seasons by Ayi Kwei Armah simultaneously, and much more. Other must read books mentioned, that are in the Conscientization 101 Library, are Kobi K.K. Kambon’s African/Black psychology in the American context: African-Centered Approach  and Dr. Marimba Ani’s Let The Circle Be Unbroken:The Implication of African Spirituality in the Diaspora.

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