In light of concerns about novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the University of Maryland and the National Museum of African American History and Culture will postpone the April 16-18 Making African America symposium to 2021.
We will be in touch in the coming weeks with more details about next year’s symposium. We hope that you will join us and apologize for any inconvenience.
The Making African America symposium brings together scholars, journalists, activists, curators, filmmakers, and writers to discuss how immigration has shaped and is continuing to reshape what it means to be black in the United States.
African-American history might best be viewed as a series of great migrations, during which immigrants—at first forced and then free—transformed an alien place into a home, becoming deeply rooted in a land that once was foreign, even despised. After each migration, the newcomers created new understandings of the African-American experience and new definitions of blackness.Ira Berlin