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Hopkins Marks 30th Anniversary of ‘Callaloo’

Poetry and fiction readings, lectures, conversations, and panel discussions will this week celebrate 30 years of continuous publication of Callaloo, the premier African Diaspora literary journal, published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. Read more in the JHU Gazette.

‘Afro’ Archives to Be Unlocked by New Grant

The Johns Hopkins University has been awarded $476,000 to collaborate with the Baltimore-based Afro-American Newspapers to open the 115-year-old newspaper company’s historic archives to access by scholars and others. Read the article in the JHU Gazette.

Ralph Ellison: Emergence of Genius

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Author, intellectual, and social critic, Ralph Ellison (1914-94) was a pivotal figure in American literature and history and arguably the father of African American modernism. Universally acclaimed for his first novel, Invisible Man, a masterpiece of modern fiction, Ellison was recognized with a stunning succession of honors, including the 1953 National Book Award. Despite his literary […]

The Works of William Wells Brown: Using His “Strong, Manly Voice”

Widely considered the first African-American novelist, William Wells Brown’s 1853 novel, Clotel, or the President’s Daughter, chronicled the fate of the daughter of Thomas Jefferson and his black housekeeper. Yet, in his own day, Brown was perhaps more important as a rousing orator, scholar, and cultural critic. He escaped from slavery in 1834 and worked on Lake Erie […]

Out of Africa

With several recent key hires, including that of director Ben Vinson, the fledgling Africana Studies Center is poised to take off—with a tripartite approach that transcends cultures…and continents.

The Annotated Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Declared worthless and dehumanizing by James Baldwin in 1949, Uncle Tom’s Cabin has lacked literary credibility for 50 years. Now, in a ringing refutation of Baldwin, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Hollis Robbins demonstrate the literary transcendence of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s maaterpiece. Uncle Tom’s Cabin, first published in 1852, galvanized the American public as no other work of fiction has […]

Embracing Sisterhood: Class, Identity, and Contemporary Black Women

With this purported new “era of high-profile, mega successful, black women who are changing the face of every major field worldwide” and growing socioeconomic diversity among black women as the backdrop, Embracing Sisterhood seeks to determine where contemporary black women’s ideas of black womanhood and sisterhood merge with social class status to shape certain attachments […]

In Search of Hannah Crafts

In 2001, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discovered an unpublished manuscript, The Bondwoman’s Narrative, By Hannah Crafts, A Fugitive Recently Escaped From North Carolina, which turned out to be the first novel by a female African-American slave ever found, and possibly the first novel written by a black women anywhere. The Bondwoman’s Narrative was published in 2002. In […]

A Turbulent Voyage: Readings in African American Studies

This anthology is designed to introduce the reader to the contours and content of African American Studies. The text and readings included here not only impart information but seek as their foremost goal to precipitate in the reader an awareness of the complex and changing character of the African American experience—its origins, developments, and future […]