Founding member of the Congress for African Students at Dickinson College, Komozi Woodard, returns to campus to discuss the study of racial segregation and the beginnings of the Africana studies major at Dickinson in his lecture, “The Strange Career of the Jim Crow North: A Dickinson Story?,” on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Anita Tuvin Schlechter (ATS) Auditorium, 360 W. Louther St. The event is free and open to the public.
Woodard, who graduated in 1971, was among a small group of African-American students struggling to integrate into college life at Dickinson at the time. Woodard was key in forming Dickinson’s Black Student Union and the Congress of African Students. As a part of these initiatives, students created a study of the effects of Jim Crow laws (designed to enforce racial segregation) in the north by developing new ways of conceptualizing racial inequality outside of the American south. In doing this, the students laid the foundations for Africana studies at the college.
Woodard is a professor of history, public policy and Africana studies at Sarah Lawrence College. His research interests include African-American history, politics and culture focusing on the Black Freedom Movement, women in black revolt and U.S. urban and ethnic history. His works include “A Nation within a Nation: Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) and Black Power Politics,” “The Making of the New Ark” and “The Black Power Movement: Amiri Baraka from Black Arts to Black Radicalism.” Woodard and Jeanne Theoharis curate “Conversations in Black Freedom Studies” at the Schomburg Center for Culture and Research in Harlem, New York.
- Occurs Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm