Dr. Molefi Kete Asante

African American Resilience Program at UNCA

Dr. Molefi Kete Asante

A commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in the English colonies.

During the week of October 20-25, 2019, UNC Asheville’s Africana Studies program will host “400 Years (1619-2019) of African American Resilience,” a commemoration of the four centuries since enslaved Africans arrived in Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas.

On Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 6 p.m., Dr. Molefi Kete Asante will deliver a keynote address that centers on 400 years of the Middle Passage, the beginning of the transatlantic slave trade, the arrival of enslaved Africans in 1619 to Jamestown, and the perseverance and resilience of its displaced and scattered survivors. Dr. Asante is a leading scholar of African American History and Culture and considered by Dr. Maulana Karenga, the founder of Kwanzaa, as a preeminent Afrocentric theorist.

In preparation for his visit, it is suggested that participants read his book of poems, 400 Years Of Witnessing, as well as other suggested books including Afrocentric Manifesto (Polity books), Erasing Racism (Routledge), and African Pyramids of Knowledge (Universal Write).

The program is hosted by the Africana Studies Program, including faculty members Agya Boakye-Boaten, Jeremias Zunguze, Tiece Ruffin, and Sarah Judson.

For more information, please contact Prof. Boakye-Boaten at aboaten@unca.edu or (828) 250-3955.


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