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Saturday, May 2110:35 - 12:20 PM

Session 6

Internationalization of African American Politics and Culture

Exploring the role of African Americans in the international arena will shed light on the breadth and limits of agency, the distinctiveness of freedom struggles; the development and intricacies of transnational alliances; and the confluence and divergence of political and cultural influence.


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David Levering Lewis

New York University


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Carol Anderson

Emory University

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T. Ruby Patterson-Myers

Vanderbilt University

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Barbara D. Savage

University of Pennsylvania

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James Sidbury

Rice University


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James T. Campbell

Stanford University

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Gerald Early

Washington University at St. Louis

Session Time Slot(s)

05/21/2016 - 10:35-05/21/2016 - 12:20

Session Blog

The Internationalization of African Americans

Martin Ritt’s jazz movie, Paris Blues (1961), with Sidney Poitier and Diahann Carroll is the sole film I can remember from my childhood that showed black American characters abroad and interacting with a foreign culture.

The Politics of Narrative

It is in the nature of academic conferences that one leaves them with more questions than answers.  But rarely have I had that feeling more keenly than I did at the conclusion of the "Future of the African American Past" conference.  To some extent, my reaction bespeaks the richness of the papers and conversations, but it also reflects the unique occasion.  As panelists presented their papers in the auditorium of the National Museum of American History, workers across 14th Street installed...

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