What's New in the Oxford African American Studies Center

What's New: Winter 2018

Guest Editorial

Guest editor Marcia Chatelain (Georgetown University) highlights the Black Lives Matter movement and its accomplishments, major challenges, and its outlook in an increasingly volatile political climate in a new photo essay.

Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography

The editors of the Oxford African American Studies Center are proud to announce that the Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography has been added to the site in its entirety.

The Dictionary features 2,079 biographies, including entries on:

  • Usain Bolt, fastest recorded human and 9 time Olympic gold medalist.
  • Agustina, an enslaved woman who became a symbol of resistance to slavery in 18th Century Colombia.
  • Maymie "Madame De Mena" Aiken, Afro-Nicaraguan organizer and journalist who was a leader of the Garvey movement in the US, the Caribbean, and Central America.
  • Dutty Boukman leader of the slave uprising in August 1791 that marked the beginning of the Haitian Revolution.

Discover the story behind the new Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography as told by Editors Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Franklin W. Knight:



The Dictionary of African Biography

The Dictionary of African Biography has been updated with 25 new biographies, including soccer player Just Fontaine and the first president of the independent republic of Upper Volta Maurice Yaméogo. For a full list of DAB entries, click here.


African American Studies Center

The African American Studies Center has been updated with new entries, including an entry on Cuisine in Los Angeles.


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Focus On

In addition to our ongoing editorial update program, the Oxford African American Studies Center's editors commission and publish a publicly-available Focus On feature, designed to provide insights into topics of current and historical relevance.

This month's Focus On features a photo essay showing the highlights the Black Lives Matter movement.

 

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