Escaping from European conceptions of “modernity,” which froze Africans in a matrix of competing notions of civilization, evolution, and development, became a central task for Africans from the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries, a struggle that required enormous creativity. Including philosophical, religious, artistic, political, and economic forms of imagination, these movements resisted the opportunities inherited from Europe and the emerging United Nations-based international community. Instead, they visualized Africa as more than a collection of urban capitals housing colonial left-overs. In attempting to remake their futures, these African dreamers employed a range of techniques from civil disobedience to physical violence. In the process, they generated a powerful range of alternatives that decolonized their present in hopes of stronger futures. Creating a new legacy of African socio-political creativity, these actors contributed substantially to what Boaventura de Sousa Santos has called an “epistemology of the South.”
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