The United Nations has declared 2011 as the “International Year for Peoples of African Descent”. Ten years ago, landmark recommendations were made at the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Durban South Africa. In a four-part series of teleconferences that looks at the span of Black presence in the U.S. over the centuries, we will examine the unique migration experiences of the African Diaspora within the context of U.S. history and the current debate over immigration. The series brings provocative frameworks and analyses into the discussion about race and immigration that are seldom considered.
African American Migrations--The Exodus from the U.S. South
Walter Turner will present his views on and analysis of the book, "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration" by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson. Ms. Wilkerson was invited to speak but was unable to participate due to scheduling conflicts.
In her review of the book, Janet Maslin of the New York Times wrote, "Ms. Wilkerson works on a grand, panoramic scale but also on a very intimate one, since this work of living history boils down to the tenderly told stories of three rural Southerners who immigrated to big cities from their hometowns."
Walter Turner is himself an author of "Oil for Nothing, Multinational Corporations, Environmental Destruction, Death and Impunity in the Niger Delta.” His commentaries have appeared in the Black Scholar and on Pacifica National News, Pambazuka News, Pacifica Radio and National Public Radio. He is also one of the authors of the book “No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists over a Half Century, 1950-2000.” (Africa World Press 2007).
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Teleconference III – Thursday, March 31: New African Immigrants—Grappling with Concepts of Race and Identity
Speaker: Jackie Copeland Carson, PhD, President Copeland-Carson and Associates and author of “Creating Africa in America: Translocal Identity in an Emerging World City”.
Teleconference IV – Thursday, April 28: The Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latino Migrations to the U.S.
Speaker: Janvieve Williams Comrie, Executive Director, Latin American and Caribbean Community Center
All briefings are at Noon Pacific, 1PM Mountain, 2PM Central & ; 3PM Eastern