African Americans and Africa: Conversations across Centuries

Hosted by the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa

TW2.9.05, Fawcett House


Professor Nemata Blyden

Professor Nemata Blyden

Professor of History and International Affairs, Africa and African diaspora, GWU


Dr Robtel Neajai Pailey

Dr Robtel Neajai Pailey

Assistant Professor, Department of Social Policy


In commemoration of Black History Month in the UK, join Professor Nemata Blyden (GWU) and Dr Robtel Neajai Pailey (LSE) for this lunchtime seminar to celebrate the publication of Professor Blyden's new book, African Americans & Africa: A New History. Hosted by the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa. 

Professor Blyden's new research is an introduction to the complex relationship between African Americans and the African continent. What is an “African American” and how does this identity relate to the African continent? Rising immigration levels, globalization, and the United States’ first African American president have all sparked new dialogue around the question. This book provides an introduction to the relationship between African Americans and Africa from the era of slavery to the present, mapping several overlapping diasporas.

The presentation of the book, African Americans & Africa, will last 40 minutes, after which Dr Pailey will chair a Q&A with attendees invited to ask questions about the book and its topics.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

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