African Americans and Africa: Speaking across the Centuries


Wednesday, February 5, 2020


5:30 pm


Taylor Hall 203-Auditorium

Prof. Blyden to discuss her latest work African Americans and Africa: A New History (Yale University Press, 2019).

What is an “African American” and how does this identity relate to Africa? The connection between blacks in the Americas and their original homeland has been ongoing, both in real and imagined ways. This talk will address the relationship between African Americans and Africa from the era of slavery to the present, mapping several overlapping diasporas, and examining the diversity of African American identities.

Nemata Blyden is an Associate Professor Department of History, IS, and Women Studies at George Washington University. Prof. Bylden specializes in African and African Diaspora history and she has lived in Africa, Europe and the Soviet Union, and she remains engaged with issues pertaining to African development.

Sponsored by the History Department

Michelle Whalen

History Department