Black immigration, or “back to Africa” movements as they are sometimes called, are often treated as ephemera. At best, these movements are categorized as a rhetorical device of black nationalists; at worst, they are considered failed philosophical commitments that never materialized in Black liberation. What this often dismissive history misses is the important interventions that “dreaming Africa” engendered. For practical, political, and emotional reasons a majority of Blacks did not return to Africa. In fact, many Blacks, even those sympathetic to the cause of repatriation, resisted the call to return to the motherland. Read the full abstract.


Featuring Speaker:
Niambi Carter, PhD
Assistant Professor, Howard University

Niambi Carter is a proud member of the Department of Political Science at Howard University. She earned her PhD in Political Science from Duke University (2007) working primarily in the area of American Politics with a specific focus on Race and Ethnic Politics. She is the recipient of a number of fellowships and awards from organizations such as the Ford Foundation, the Consortium for Faculty Diversity, and the Western Political Science Association. Her dissertation research on African American public opinion on immigration is the material for her book manuscript currently under development. Prof. Carter is also actively involved in other work that examines lynching and race in American politics and the political ideology of African American Republicans. Full bio.

When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Where: American Political Science Association
1527 New Hampshire Ave, NW
Washington, DC, 20036

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