This February 2022, the American Library in Paris will celebrate Black History Month through conversations with emerging and established Black writers, journalists, filmmakers, historians, and scholars. Looking at the history of Blackness in France as well as the historical relationship between Black Americans and Paris, journalist Audrey Edwards and filmmaker Alan Govenar will help us to consider the historical status of Paris as a place of refuge for African American artists. Professors Pap Ndiaye and Mame-Fatou Niang will ask how we might articulate and understand Afro-French identity in the twenty-first century. Finally, Mikki Kendall, Cassandra Lane, and Rebecca Hall will show us the gaps in personal and global Black history and allow us to consider the value of imaginative work in addressing them. Ultimately, we will seek out not only new ways of thinking about Black history, but new ways of teaching it: in museums, films, creative nonfiction, graphic novels, and, above all, open dialogue.
The Library’s Black History Month 2022 programming has been curated in partnership with The Californien Agency, which serves as a consultant and strategic adviser to artists and creative enterprises. The Library would especially like to thank Patrick Banks and Little Africa Paris, our media partner for this series.
Event Dates28 January 2022, 19 h 00 min-23 February 2022, 20 h 30 min
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