Cassandra Newby-Alexander is the interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts, professor of history, and director of the Joseph Jenkins Roberts Center for African Diaspora Studies at Norfolk State University. She lives in Chesapeake, Virginia, and has been a member since 2000.
Intertwined. Overlapping. Interconnected. The complicated entanglement of slave trading, geographies, and ethnicities was the focus of the Thursday night plenary, “New Perspectives on Histories of the Slave Trade,” at the 2018 AHA annual meeting. In papers ranging in focus from trade routes in the western Indian Ocean to forced treks across Brazil’s interior to mangrove slave trading ports, the panelists revealed how histories of slave trading offer opportunities to rethink the construction of race and ethnicity from a global perspective, the broader theme of this year’s meeting.
Telisha Dionne Bailey is a postdoctoral fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. Dionne lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, and has been a member since 2015.
By A J Aiséirithe
Before today’s protests against symbols of American nationalism, or debates about the place of the Confederacy in America’s history and memory, there was Frederick Douglass. In 1852, Douglass asked “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” and in 1870, he questioned the unceasing “laudation of the rebel chief” Robert E. Lee.
Beverly Bunch-Lyons is an associate professor of history at Virginia Tech, National Capital Region. She lives in Northern Virginia, and has been a member since 1995.
Daina Ramey Berry is an associate professor of history and African and African diaspora studies at the University of Texas. She lives in Austin, Texas, and has been a member since 1996.
Ikuko Asaka is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois. She lives in Champaign, Illinois, and has been a member since 2005.
Joseph Reidy is a professor of US history and associate provost at Howard University. He lives in Laurel, Maryland, and has been a member since 1982.