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Hear Us, See Us, Understand Us: Cultivating Community in Boston and Neighborhoods of Color Panel

Check out the recording of our Fall 2020 Community Panel with the video below. This panel was a dialogue that revolved around community work and engagement between Northeastern and surrounding communities, building a sense of neighborhoods between all participants. This event was organized by Fall 2020 Africana Studies Co-op, Savita Maharaj. Find her reflection on the event here.

If you are interested in accessing the resource sheet for this event, please find that linked here. Built by Savita Maharaj in collaboration with the panelists, all the links are clickable on this fantastic document. Please note there are two pages.

Celebrating Black History Month

Explore some of the resources gathered at the recent Black History Matters Mixer hosted by Africana Studies and the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute. The links shared in the poster were shared by attendees of the mixer and feature a variety of arts and culture made by Black creators.

Uncovering COVID-19: Policies and Practices in Global Health

This event was a panel discussion rooted in scholarly research about COVID-19 and its detrimental impact on Black, Brown, and Minority communities. Panelists included Africana Studies faculty Dr. Richard Wamai, his colleague working on COVID-19 impact on the African continent Dr. Uzma Alam, and Northeastern alumni and front-line worker Dr. Jonothan Smileye Jr.

Check out the resources collected at our panel here. The links throughout this graphic were provided by our panelists and feature a variety of academic articles for further research on the issues of public health.

Reimagining Together: Martin Luther King & The Trumpet of Conscience

The Africana Studies Program was thrilled to present Dr. Régine Jean-Charles’s new book, Martin Luther King and the Trumpet of Conscience Today. This book considers three contemporary social justice movements—Black Lives Matter, Me Too, and prison abolition—through the lens of King’s 1967 Massey Lectures. Dr. Jean-Charles invites us to explore how these movements are issuing a 21st call to conscience for us to learn from and follow. 

Click here for the book launch resource sheet, which includes resources for important themes included in the book such as Black Lives Matter, the #MeToo Movement, Prison Abolition, and more.

Reimagining Together: A Conversation with Kim Janey

At this particular moment in the history of our city [Boston] and the country [the United States] at large, The Africana Studies Program was pleased to be able to host Kim Janey to reflect on her experience as the first and only Black woman mayor in Boston.

Click here for the event resource sheet, which includes resources on education, Boston historical context, community-based praxis and theoretical frameworks, and more.

Talking Back: The Genius of bell hooks

In February 2022, the Africana Studies Program hosted a symposium honoring the life and legacy of the trailblazing Black feminist scholar bell hooks (1952-2021). A prolific author, committed teacher, brilliant intellectual, unequivocal truth-teller, and bold visionary, bell hooks (née Gloria Jean Watkins) is a feminist icon who left an indelible mark on multiple generations of people including activists, artists, students, and scholars.

Click here for the event resource sheet, which includes many of her works categorized by the themes of each panel for the event, and here for the event program.

Reimagining Together: A Conversation with Dr. Farah Jasmine Griffin

For the final talk in the AY 21-22 “Reimagining Together” series, the Africana Studies Program invited Dr. Farah Jasmine Griffin, the William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African Amerian Studies at Columbia University. She was also the inaugural chair of Columbia’s African American and African Diaspora Studies Department. Dr. Griffin will give a lecture about her most recent book, Read Until You Understand: The Profound Wisdom of Black Life and Literature. Before the lecture, the program hosted a community read of the book in partnership with Frugal Bookstore, Boston’s first Black-owned bookstore located in the heart of Roxbury right around the corner from Northeastern.

Click here for the resource sheet, which includes many works mentioned in Dr. Griffin’s book divided by selected chapters.