W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute

Harvard Gazette: 'A 400-year community chronicle of African America' Interview with Alumna Fellow Keisha N. Blain

Harvard Gazette: 'A 400-year community chronicle of African America' Interview with Alumna Fellow Keisha N. Blain

April 21, 2021
Historians Keisha N. Blain and Ibram X. Kendi began working on “Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019” in 2018. The best-selling collection, co-edited by Kendi, author of “How to Be an Antiracist,” and Blain, author of “Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom,” features 80 short historical pieces, personal essays, stories, and 10 poems by prominent Black writers. Told in five-year increments, the work offers a varied look at four centuries of the African American experience.
Black Pioneers

New York Times: 'When Anti-Immigration Meant Keeping Out Black Pioneers'

September 20, 2019

By alumna fellow Anna-Lisa Cox

William Brown managed to get across the river safely, finding work in a small rural Illinois community close to the state’s border with Indiana. He would have known of the new anti-immigration laws, but must have been willing to risk breaking them for a better life. But a sheriff named John Watts soon arrested Mr. Brown for making his illegal crossing. When Mr. Brown could not pay the $50 fine the State of Illinois required of him, Sheriff Watts put him in chains on the Lawrence County courthouse steps and tried to sell him at auction to the...

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CNN.com: 'Alabama abortion law holds state's tangled history up to the light' by Alumna Fellow Diane McWhorter

May 18, 2019
Some years ago, with the Confederate flag in vogue on state license tags, civic boosters in Alabama's high-tech mecca of Huntsville came up with a more dignified vanity-plate statement -- "First to the Moon," in honor of the Saturn V rocket invented there. (True, the inventors were German, Hitler's missile engineers brought to the United States after the war, but their celebrity leader Wernher von Braun liked to say, "You can see I speak with an accent -- that's because I come from Ahlahbahma.")

Now, as the Rocket City cranks up the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Apollo 11 moon...

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The Hutchins Center for African & African American Research Announces its Seventh Class of W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellows

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the  W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, has announced the 2019-2020 class of fellows.

“We are happy to welcome one of our most distinguished and exciting cohorts of W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellows,” says Gates. “We look forward to an extraordinary range of artistic and scholarly work next academic year. Afro-Asian solidarity, the erotics of race, Indo-...

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2019 May 01

Colloquium with Akua Naru

12:00pm

Location: 

Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Akua Naru Akua Naru is a Hiphop Artist. As a Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at the Hiphop Archive Research Institute for the 2018-2019 academic year, she will be at work on The Keeper Project. 
2019 Mar 27

Colloquium with Robyn d’Avignon: 'Making ‘Artisanal’ Miners: Gold and Subterranean Knowledge on the West African Savannah'

12:00pm

Location: 

Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Robyn d'AvignonRobyn d’Avignon is Assistant Professor of African History at New York University. She received her Ph.D. in the Program in Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan in 2016. As the McMillan-Stewart Fellow for the 2018-2019...

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