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By Sylviane A. Diouf, Director, Lapidus Center. May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Let’s stretch it a bit and discover or learn more about Afro-Asians. In medieval India some East…

 

  From Frederick Douglass, Malcolm X, and Ossie Davis to Alice Walker, Kanye West and Nate Parker, Nat Turner has captured many people’s imagination. Yet 185 years after his death, the thirty-one year…

 

By Sylviane A. Diouf, Director, Lapidus Center. February 3, 2016. The New Year is bringing slavery into the mainstream. Nate Parkers’ The Birth of a Nation is the first…

 

By Sylviane A. Diouf, Director of the Lapidus Center. Another African Burial Ground was officially “discovered” in New York City in January 2016. Over 140 bones, bone fragments and…

 

By Sylviane A. Diouf, Director, Lapidus Center. October 9, 2015. As a historian specializing in the transatlantic slave trade and slavery, I spend a great deal of time doing…

 

By Sylviane A. Diouf, Director, Lapidus Center. June 29, 2015. On June 27, a plaque marking the site of New York City’s main 18th-century slave market was unveiled in Lower…

 

By Sylviane A. Diouf, Director, Lapidus Center. March 27, 2015. Since my graduate school days in Paris, I have been researching and writing and talking about the slave…

 

By Sylviane A. Diouf, Director, Lapidus Center. December 15, 2014. The United Nations has proclaimed 2015-2024 the International Decade for People of African Descent. In the next ten…