On February 4th a group of academics, students and community members came together to explore the intersection of the past and the present in making African identities in the Americas. The “Contemporary Griot” event, organized by the Performing Diaspora project <https://performingdiaspora.wordpress.com/about/>, combined a public lecture, documentary screenings, discussions and performances. The event was a profoundly moving experience for many of the undergraduate students in attendance.
Over the past four years, Performing Diaspora has worked to showcase the experiences of Africans and their descendants in the Americas through performances, including art, dance, and music. This public history project has grown out of the major research project entitled “Slavery, Memory and Citizenship” which is housed in York University’s Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples. Among other things, Performing Diaspora explores the ways in which people of African descent understand “belonging” and “citizenship” in Africa and the African Diaspora.
To view the original story and the reflections of those in attendance please visit ActiveHistory.ca for the original article: