Benjamin Talton Lecture

Monday, February 3, 2020
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
SMITH Rehm Lib
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Lecture - Speaker
Karen Todd
CIS/ Africana Studies

This year's Carter G. Woodson Lecture is "The High Water Mark of Black Power: African Americans and Africa in the Age of Reagan."

Professor Benjamin Talton will discuss the 1980s as a pivotal point in African Americans’ role in Africa affairs. From Jesse Jackson’s presidential campaigns, the Congressional Black Caucus, to the Free South Africa Movement, never before or since were black leaders as influential in matters of foreign affairs as they were in the 1980s. This talk is based on his new book, In This Land of Plenty: Mickey Leland and Africa in American Politics.

Professor Talton is an associate professor of history at Temple University where he teaches courses on the history of modern Africa and the African diaspora. Previously, Professor Talton was an assistant professor of history at Hofstra University, and scholar-in-residence at Kwame University of Science and Technology. He has authored two books, Politics of Social Change in Ghana: The Konkomba Struggle for Political Equality (Palgrave, 2010), and most recently, In This Land of Plenty: Mickey Leland and Africa in American Politics (UPenn Press, 2019). He is a past president of the Ghana Studies Association. Currently, Professor Talton is a member of the executive board for the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) and he is an editor of the journal African Studies Review.

Categories: Africana Studies

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