Join Us: AFRE to Co-Host a Two-Day Symposium Marking the 400th Anniversary of the Beginning of Slavery in the U.S.

Join us 26-27 September 2019, for our two-day symposium in collaboration with the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department (Columbia University) and the Department of Africana Studies (Barnard College), marking the 400th anniversary of the beginning of slavery in the U.S.

Through a series of events, which include an exhibition, a scholarly speaker series, a performance and a roundtable featuring Atlantic Fellows, we will explore the continuities of trauma and resiliency that have characterized African American life for the past four centuries. In addition to exploring the impact and legacy of chattel slavery and anti-Black racism, over the course of two days we will also examine strategies for advancing liberation for Black people.

The roundtable discussion featuring Atlantic Fellows will focus on the afterlives of slavery while also considering the post-apartheid period to explore how models of leadership are evolving as organizers, artists, scholars and others think more expansively about Blackness, racial equity, and what is needed to truly bring about liberation for Black people—particularly within a South African and U.S. context.

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