Conclusion Unburying the African Past

Kimberly Eison Simmons

in Reconstructing Racial Identity and the African Past in the Dominican Republic

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036755
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041858 | DOI:
Conclusion Unburying the African Past

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This chapter recasts the idea of Dominican blackness as something that is consciously being unburied by Dominican scholars, intellectuals, and activists. While the introduction explores concerted efforts by the state to bury blackness in history books and collective-naming processes, it discusses how these efforts are being revisited and in many ways reversed. In the end, many Dominicans are reclaiming a sense of blackness—what it means to them locally, in the United States, and as part of the African Diaspora—in an effort to unbury and make visible the African past and its legacy, and to impact on the present in terms of identity, circumstances, and experience.

Keywords: African diaspora; Afro-Dominican; Dominican blackness; racial identity; African past

Chapter.  2604 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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