Afro-America

noun

Af·​ro-Amer·​i·​ca ˌa-frō-ə-ˈmer-ə-kə How to pronounce Afro-America (audio)
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: African-Americans considered collectively as a social and cultural entity
At the heart of the African-based Oral Tradition, which has survived in Afro-America for centuries, lies the belief that the spoken word can give man mastery over natural events and men.Geneva Smitherman, English Journal, February 1976
In May Black Enterprise, the venerable periodical of Afro-America's business class, announced that Wal-Mart would be a sponsor of its 10th Annual Entrepreneur's Conference.Ta-Nehisi Paul Coates, Time, 1 Sept. 2005

Word History

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Afro-America was in 1891

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“Afro-America.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Afro-America. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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