History Department
History Department

Talk: "Forging Diaspora: Afro-Cubans and African Americans in a World of Empire and Jim Crow"

Mon, April 11, 2011 | SRH 1.313, Hackett Room

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Prof. Frank Guridy
Prof. Frank Guridy

The Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin America Studies (LLILAS) Faculty Book series presents author and Associate Professor in the Department of History Frank Guridy who will discuss his book Forging Diaspora: Afro-Cubans and African Americans in a World of Empire and Jim Crow.

In Forging Diaspora, Guridy shows that the cross-national relationships nurtured by Afro-Cubans and black Americans helped to shape the political strategies of both groups as they attempted to overcome a history of oppression and enslavement.

Drawing on archival sources in both countries, Guridy traces four encounters between Afro-Cubans and African Americans. These hidden histories of cultural interaction-of Cuban students attending Booker T. Washington's Tuskegee Institute, the rise of Garveyism, the Havana-Harlem cultural connection during the Harlem Renaissance and Afro-Cubanism movement, and the creation of black travel networks during the Good Neighbor and early Cold War eras-illustrate the significance of cross-national links to the ways both Afro-descended populations negotiated the processes of U.S. imperialism and racial discrimination.

As a result of these relationships, argues Guridy, Afro-descended peoples in Cuba and the United States came to identify themselves as part of a transcultural African diaspora. Associate Professor Cesar Salgado, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, serves as discussant.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more info, visit the Facebook event page.

Sponsored by: LLILAS

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