Dr. Sonja Peterson-Lewis has taken a sabbatical leave for the academic year, 2016-17. She will be researching discrimination against lower income African Americans in Florida by corporations and government entities that discount harm to environments occupied by African Americans.
Dr. Kimani Nehusi has just published his long anticipated classic, Libation: An Afrikan Heritage in the Circle of Life. The book is acclaimed by three distinguished African scholars, Kwesi Prah, Kofi Asare Opoku, and Ama Mazama.
Dr. Molefi Kete Asante and Dr. Ama Mazama traveled with 30 Africans from the Diaspora and Africa to Cameroun for a reunion with the cultural traditions of that very diverse country. At Bimbia, the largest site of the European Slave Trade in West Africa, Dr. Asante cursed the door of no return and Dr. Mazama made offerings in the sea to the souls of African ancestors.
Dr. Donela Wright and Dr. Maria Ifetayo Flannery, two recent graduates, began teaching in the historic and iconic Department of Africana Studies at San Francisco State University. These two Temple PhDs joined Dr. Serie McDougal, a Temple alum already on the faculty at SFSU.
Dr. Niyi Coker, Desmond Lee Distinguished Professor at the University of Missouri, and Temple’s and the world’s first PhD in African American Studies, was awarded the top prize for his film on Ota Benga, the Congolese who was placed in a zoo in New York and paraded in the St. Louis Fair. Dr. Coker is one of the most important contemporary filmmakers.
Dr. Nilgun Anadolu Okur organized two conferences:
The Underground Railroad Conference which was held on February 24, 2016 at the Walk Auditorium and the Africa and the World Move Conference which was held on April 15-16, 2016 at the Shusterman Hall.
Dr. Aaron Smith published “Boundless Baldwin,” in Contemporary Critical Thoughts in Africology and Africana Studies, edited by Molefi Asante and Clyde Ledbetter, Jr.
Dr. Molefi Kete Asante and Dr. Clyde Ledbetter, Jr., edited Contemporary Critical Thoughts in Africology and African American Studies. New York: Lexington Books.