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What Is Africa to Me?

Kathryn Talalay

in Composition in Black and White

Published in print May 1998 | ISBN: 9780195113938
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853816 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195113938.003.0027
What Is Africa to Me?

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In the year 1959, clashes over race and politics surfaced in the Schuyler family. For George and Josephine, having a highly gifted and interracial child fulfilled their goal in life. However, though Philippa enjoyed her status as role model for many African Americans, she was unhappy and frustrated over the racial barriers she experienced in her career. While all of members of her family were conservative, significant differences existed between Philippa and her father in their attitudes toward events in Africa. Philippa had a love-hate relationship with Africa as she had been brought up to appreciate the contributions of the Negro race. But most important for her was the discovery of what she thought of her roots and she wrote to her mother that she felt that she was not African at all, she said, rather, that she felt Malay-American-Indian and European.

Keywords: race; racial barriers; Africa; roots; Negro

Chapter.  2419 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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