Please Join the MHC DC Club for a Discussion with Professor Nemata Blyden on African American Struggles for Equality.
In 1828 Thomas Jennings, a free black New Yorker, maintained, “Our claims are on America; it is the land that gave us birth; it is the land of our nativity, we know no other country.” Jennings was expressing what many African Americans had before him – that Black Americans were just as worthy of citizens as their white counterparts. Since he uttered those words, many more African Americans would challenge the country they called theirs to accept them as full and equal citizens. Over the centuries, they would be thwarted in that endeavor. This talk will look at the history of African Americans over four centuries, highlighting their achievements and struggles, and their quest to belong in a nation which has often (still yet?) turned its back on them.
Nemata Blyden, MHC class of 1987, is an Associate Professor of History and International Affairs at The George Washington University. She holds a BA in History and International Relations from Mount Holyoke College, and an MPhil and PhD from Yale University. Dr. Blyden specializes in African and African Diaspora history. “Our claims are on America”: African American struggles for equality.
Registration required. A Zoom link will be sent to you once you register.
Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 8:00pm to 9:30pmVirtual Event