African Americans and Africa: A New History

CCAS and Elliott School professor Nemata Blyden’s new book explores the complex relationship between African Americans and the African continent from the era of slavery to the present.

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Nemata Blyden discussed her upcoming book “African Americans and Africa: A New History” at the Elliott School. (Colette Kent/Elliott School)
October 24, 2019

The way African Americans have chosen to engage, be influenced by and identify with Africa since the first Africans arrived in America four centuries ago has been a complex relationship often influenced by the nation’s laws aimed to oppress, marginalize and disenfranchise black people, said Nemata Blyden, an associate professor of history and international affairs at the George Washington University.