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Nr. 00265- 9th Jan. 2024 – Weekly Newspaper devoted to Science & Technology in Africa ** Pour la promotion de l'esprit scientifique en Afrique

« Invisible Black Narratives » : Past, Present and Futur

Fidel Amoussou-Moderan


« Ame Dahin- ké-mie-Nlɔbe i.e  »

« Invisible Black Narratives »

Past, Present and Futur


Key Words : Black narratives, Memory, Forgetfulness, Black Resistance, Transnational, Resistance, Africana critical Studies, Digital humanities, Blackness studies.


Our historical initiative aims to restore and rethink the Invisible Black narratives of Black African resistance figures in all their plurality. In speaking of history, we intend here to integrate a critical history of the « Invisible Black figures » (political, intellectual, social, cultural, military/militancy aspects) in global narration. It will also be an opportunity to cross global and inclusive perspectives.  The methodology contains the inter-crossing between the theory of Africana critical Studies with the Black Digital humanities as well as the methodology of J.August Rogers “the bran of history ».

Africana critical theory

Could this be the phenomenon of Resistance in Black History, a key to understand social Revolution in Global History?

Recently, we are witnessing a profound crisis in the Historical and Memory narration of continental and diasporic Africans. Claiming the Black radical tradition as a deconstructive response to white supremacy discourses, the Africana critical theory advances and applies also the dialectics of domination and liberation, which, in other words, is to say – using Fanon’s famous phrase—l’expérience vécue du Noir (“the lived-experience of the Black”).

“The bran of history » theory flips the global narrative (Joel Augustus Rogers)

Is it possible to establish a teaching tool capable of transmitting the historical heritage of African peoples, through a methodology that is both pan-African and Black radical?

Rogers gathered what he called « the bran of history ». The “bran of history” was the uncollected, unexamined history of the world, and Rogers’ interest was the history of Black people. His scholarship was meant to shed light on unexamined areas of Africans history, as well as a perspective of history from the standpoint of resisters of Color, giving a counter-narration. Another piece of the “the bran of history » is that it aims to methodologically engage scholars and writers in explicitly critiquing traditional approaches to history — including classical textbooks.  The purpose of this approach is also to reformulate the debates and issues led by pan-Africanist researchers on the education of Black African peoples.

Black Digital humanities

Could Black Digital Humanities be the new social revolution to contest the dominant white narrative in the digital global space? Black Digital humanities is producing and disseminating research accessible to the public and promotes advancing narrations of the lives of African descendants in History. The critical aim of this so-called Black Digital Humanities is to bridge intersections between Digital Humanities and the interdisciplinary Black Studies field. Since diaspora has become an important area of digital scholarship, the role that technologies can have in engaging with the history of across African-descended people’s ability to traverse and negotiate spaces in Western white societies.

The aim of this historical project is to explore the forgotten life and culture of people of African descent in Africa, and Black African Diaspora all over the world from the Black Holocaust to the modern Times.

More specific themes include

  • The « Forgotten and « legendary » figures of the African Resistance,
  • -The African Figures of resistance to slavery, colonization and imperialism.
  • -Myths and « the Making » of African heroes,
  • -Military Ethics in Africa,
  • -Afro-diasporic anti-fascism,
  • -Exogenous violence in Africa,
  • -Collective memories of endogenous struggles in Africa
  • -Black Heroic Model and Representations :

-Forgotten Black Heroes

-Unknown Black Heroes

-Hidden Black Figure

-Invisible Black Heroes

  • -Black heroism and African heroisation
  • -Black narrations of Wars and Resistances
  • Black Trajectories

 Some Black philosopher’s References :

Franz Fanon, Aimé Césaire, James Baldwin, John Henrik Clarke, W. E. B. Du Bois, J. August Rogers , Théophile Obenga, Achille Mbembe, Silvia Serbin, Rosa Amelia Plumelle-Uribe,  Rodney Walter, Amzat Boukari-Yabara

Fidel Amoussou-Moderan
PhD Student, History, Germany
Analyst Expert for African Development Initiative e.V.
Contributor for the Journal

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