African Women Students in the United States, 1958-1961: A Survey of Educational and Cultural Problems Facing Twelve African Women Students and Gaps in the Programs Designed to Meet Their Needs
Background of the Study. In A RETROSPECT, by Robert Louis Stevenson, there can be found the following lines: "The future is nothing, but the past is myself, my own history, the seed of my present thoughts, the mold of my present disposition". Assuming the above quotation to be true of an individual, would it not be true of many individuals who constitute any race? Hence, would it not be true of African people caught in the jungle of modern civilization and Western Culture which it is struggling to assimilate? This is the picture one sees today in this emerging continent, the struggle between the old and the new. Tribalism is the basic social pattern in vast areas of the sub-Sahara. It is a system for perpetuating tradition and superstition, for governing the conduct of the individual and groups, for resisting all that is alien. It is government as well as religion and a tradition-bound way of life. Today, this pattern of life is challenged by simultaneous storms of agricultural revolution, an industrial technological and urban revolution, a social revolution and a political revolution. Africa is passing from a feudal, and indeed in places, still prehistoric age into the atomic age in a matter of decades.
Womens studies|Social research|African American Studies
Mofokeng, Sunku Gertrude, "African Women Students in the United States, 1958-1961: A Survey of Educational and Cultural Problems Facing Twelve African Women Students and Gaps in the Programs Designed to Meet Their Needs" (1962). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30670781.