Trans-Atlantic Food Migration: The African Culinary Influence on the Cuisine of the Americas

In the article below, culinary historian Diane M. Spivey describes the centuries-old diaspora of African foods and cooking traditions in North and South America. Africa has been a major contributor to the cuisine of North and South America although this contribution has long been overlooked, … Read MoreTrans-Atlantic Food Migration: The African Culinary Influence on the Cuisine of the Americas

Collecting African American Art: From the Harlem Renaissance to the Obama Era

In the following article sociologist and African American Studies professor Patricia A. Banks describes the rise of private art collectors and collections among African Americans. Her article also shows the growing acceptance of African American art and artists in major museums and galleries across the … Read MoreCollecting African American Art: From the Harlem Renaissance to the Obama Era

Beatriz Nascimento (1942-1995)

Image Ownership: Public domain Brazilian political activist Beatriz Nascimento was born on July 12, 1942, to Rubina Pereira do Nascimento and Francisco Xavier de Nascimento in Aracaju, capital of the Northeast Brazilian state of Sergipe. She migrated with her family, including ten brothers to Rio … Read MoreBeatriz Nascimento (1942-1995)

Lorenzo Dow Turner (1890-1972)

Dr. Lorenzo Dow Turner Interviewing the Gullah People in South Carolina, 1930 “Image Ownership: Public Domain” Lorenzo Dow Turner was an African American linguist who headed the English department at Howard University in Washington, D.C. from 1920 to 1928, and later headed of the English … Read MoreLorenzo Dow Turner (1890-1972)

Oyotunji Village [The Village] (1970–- )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Oyotunji Village (The Village) was the first known black nationalist settlement developed by African American worshippers of the orishas (African deities). While the Village’s founders modeled Oyotunji on West African cultures, they also sought to build a self-defined, independent community in … Read MoreOyotunji Village [The Village] (1970–- )

The Black Diaspora in Israel, 1965 to 2011

New World Passover Celebration, Dimora, Israel, 2010 Image Courtesy of the Dimora Alumni Association With the exception of the well-publicized Operation Moses, Joshua, and Solomon Airlift of 20,000 Ethiopian Jews from that war and famine ravaged nation to Israel between 1984 and 1991, few people outside … Read MoreThe Black Diaspora in Israel, 1965 to 2011

The Pan-African Congresses, 1900-1945

  Speakers at The Pan African Congress, Brussels, Belgium,1921 Image Ownership: Public Domain In the nearly half century between 1900 and 1945 various political leaders and intellectuals from Europe, North America, and Africa met six times to discuss colonial control of Africa and develop strategies … Read MoreThe Pan-African Congresses, 1900-1945