The impetus for developing The Signifyin' Monkey has been my desire to produce a website that will serve as a central clearinghouse, or "Webliography," of those matters related to the Pan African Diaspora. Credit is given here to Harvard University's Henry Louis Gates whose own work provided the inspiration to draw upon African and African American folklore through the unifying metaphor of the Signifyin' Monkey. In welcoming scholars, students, researchers and regular everyday folks of all races, creeds and backgrounds to this Website, I want everyone to make note of the careful way in which the information and links herein have been organized and archived for your quick access and easy reference. Doing this, I am now even more convinced of the truth found in the Akan Proverb: "The family is like the forest: if you are outside, it is dense. If you are inside, you see that each tree has its own position." Given that thought, mine is the responsibility -- and mine alone -- for all that is good and bad in the Monkey. I ask only that you consider the contents and consider this Webliography as a step by Pan African Peoples towards moving into the 21st century.

-- Johnie Scott
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