African and African Diaspora Immigrant Oral Histories

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Title

African and African Diaspora Immigrant Oral Histories

Subject

Description

This collection contains oral histories of migrants from Africa and the African Diaspora (drawn largely from the Caribbean, Central America, and South America). In April 2020, the Center for Global Migration Studies, in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture, will hold a symposium entitled “Making African America: Immigration and the Changing Dynamics of Blackness.” The stories in this collection demonstrate some of the key themes of the symposium: transnational ties to homeland countries; the intersectional experience of being an immigrant and black in the United States; and migrants’ influences on U.S. culture, politics, and society.

Publisher

Center for Global Migration Studies

Format

PDF, JPG, MP3, M4A

Collection Items

Interview of Keith Yearwood
This interview between Dr. Keith Yearwood and Zachary Wathen explores Keith's experiences migrating from Guyana to England, Antigua, and ultimately the United States. Keith shares his observations about politics, the benefits of travel, and his…

Interview of Lambert Aryee
This interview between Lambert Aryee and Sebastian Luna explores Lambert's experiences migrating from Ghana to the United States as a child. Lambert discusses the cultural differences, efforts to assimilate, and his blended family structure.

This…

Interview of Bebe Lila Spooner Melville
This interview between Bebe Lila Spooner Melville and Hannah Fields explores Melville's experiences as an immigrant to the United States from Guyana. As a teacher and government employee, Lila witnessed the racial and political conflict that…

This interview between Niree Turner and Christopher McPherson explores McPherson's experiences as an immigrant to the United States from Jamaica.

***This interview is restricted to the University of Maryland College Park's campus. For more…

This interview between Dominique Simmons and Sarah Gabremicael explores Gabremicael's experience as an immigrant to the United States from Eritrea.

***This interview is restricted to the University of Maryland College Park's campus. For more…

This interview between Sarah Eppley and Job Johnson explores Johnson's experience as an immigrant to the United States from Haiti.

***This interview is restricted to the University of Maryland College Park's campus. For more information, contact…

Interview of James Kiwuwa
This interview of James Kiwuwa, a Ugandan immigrant to the United States, explores his childhood in Uganda prior to leaving for the United States. James discusses the importance of music to his life and his family, his impressions of the United…

Interview of Adelin Franck Nguimfack
This interview of Adelin Franck Nguimfack, a Cameroon immigrant to the United States, explores his childhood in Cameroon and his immigration to the U.S. as a teenager. Adelin discusses differences in culture between the U.S. and Cameroon, the…
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