My Obsidian Article: The 1969 Pan-African Cultural Festival in Algeria

Cover art by by Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga

I’m happy to share that my new article: “Revolutionary Spacialities and Transcultural Solidarities at the 1969 Pan-African Cultural Festival in Algeria” has been published in Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora.  As you can see, the cover art for our issue is stunning! 

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This transcultural research was informed by my research adventures in Algeria, Palestine, and the People’s Republic of China, and I enjoyed learning more about politicians, activists, and artists from Vietnam, North Korea, Mali, the Republic of the Congo, Mozambique, and on and on! I am so grateful to the American civil rights legends, iconic Black artists, and Algerian Revolution heroes who shared their memories and words with me. It was a dream come true to share this research in a keynote speech and paper in Algeria at a conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Pan African Cultural Festival entitled “The Black Arts Movement in the United States and Algeria” at Abdelhamid Ibn Badis University. Thank you to all who made this work possible.

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