Words From The Wise: Dr. Marimba Ani

“You’re not an African because you’re born in Africa. You’re an African because Africa is born in you. It’s in your genes…your DNA…your entire biological make up. Whether you like it or not, that’s the way it is. However, if you were to embrace this truth with open arms…my, my, my…what a wonderful thing.”

– Dr. Marimba Ani


Being quarantined has given me time to catch up on my studies, and I came across a scholar whose work is revered in Black academia. Dr. Marimba Ani.

Dr. Marimba Ani is an anthropologist and African studies scholar who’s best known for her book Yurugu: An African-Centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and Behavior. She received her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Chicago and her Master’s and Ph.D. in anthropology at the Graduate Faculty of the New School University. Ani served as an SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) field secretary during Freedom Summer in 1964. And she also taught as a professor of African Studies in the Department of Black and Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York City.

I want to share a lecture from Dr. Ani that I found interesting. If you’d like to discuss any of its content, feel free to comment below.

Until Next Time…






Netcher, S. M. (2018, February 18). Dr. Marimba Ani. Retrieved March 29, 2020, from https://seshmedewnetcher.com/profile/dr-marimba-ani/


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