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Pan African Narratives: Sites of Resistance in the Black Diaspora • by Anita Louise Harris

Pan African Narratives: Sites of Resistance in the Black Diaspora • by Anita Louise Harris

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A Dissertation Submitted to the Graduate Faculty of the Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in The Department of English
A Dissertation Submitted to the Graduate Faculty of the Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in The Department of English

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PAN AFRICAN NARRATIVES:SITES OF RESISTANCE IN THEBLACK DIASPORAA DissertationSubmitted to the Graduate Faculty of theLouisiana State University andAgricultural and Mechanical Collegein partial fulfillment of therequirements for the degree of Doctor of PhilosophyinThe Department of EnglishbyAnita Louise HarrisB.A., University of New Orleans, 1982M.A.T., Xavier University of Louisiana, 1994December 2004
 
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Acknowledgments
The scholarly discourse presented here is dedicated to Africans and their descendantswho have inspired a legacy of solidarity, resistance and liberation globally. It is also a tribute tothose who have sustained me during this journey.I must first pay homage to the elders who have nurtured me spiritually and intellectually.Through their own endurance, my parents, William and Eloise Harris, cultivated in me thefortitude needed to complete this task. It is on their shoulders that I stand. Ms. LeeEster Edwards, Mrs. Juanita Walls, Ms. Vera Rogers, Ms. Eula Monroe, and Judge Joan BernardArmstrong assured me that all would be well. Jennifer Dave confirmed the significance of myquest through philosophical debates and introduced me to texts that would advance my cause.Baba Akosah patiently and methodically guided my exploration of Black resistance in theDiaspora through praxis and theory. I was honored to have your love and support.This work is dedicated to my sister and dearest friend Audrey Jefferson. She carries thetorch of my parents. Her quiet strength deterred my moments of doubt and provided anchoringin the midst of the storm. It is also dedicated to my circle of family and friends who willinglycontributed to the completion of this project: Gayle Agahi, Martha Harrison, Barbara Johnson,Cynthia Bryant, Carol Murphy, Joe Murphy, Christina Jefferson, Ira Thomas, Terri Jordan, andShirlaine George. Thank you for keeping me lifted, standing in the gap, and luring me tocompletion with your anticipation of my forward march.An endeavor of this magnitude would not have come to fruition without the wisdom andguidance of my academic mentors. Dr. John Lowe directed the course of my dissertation andthrough keen insight steered me to solid ground. I must also acknowledge Dr. Miles Richardson,
 
iiiDr. Joyce Jackson, and Dr. Thomas Bonner for their persistence in urging me to realize myvision.

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