News Release: In recognition of Earth Day on April 22nd, the African American Museum in Philadelphia is set to host an Virtual Earth Day Celebration featuring the award winning work of Bermuda’s own, Dr Quito Swan with a focus on Environmental Justice. This event is focused on exploring the life and work of Bermuda National Hero, Dr Paulu Kamarakafego.
A digital copy of the chapter to be discussed and the Zoom link will be emailed after registration.
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About the Book
Named as a 2021 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowships Open Book Program awardee, a finalist for the 2021 Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Book Prize, and one of the African American Intellectual History Society’s (AAIHS) Best Black History Books of 2020, ‘Pauulu’s Diaspora’ is a sweeping story of black internationalism across the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Ocean worlds, told through the life and work of twentieth-century environmental activist Pauulu Kamarakafego. Challenging US-centered views of Black Power, Quito Swan offers a radically broader perspective, showing how Kamarakafego helped connect liberation efforts of the African diaspora throughout the Global South.
In a riveting narrative that runs through Caribbean sugarcane fields, Liberian rubber plantations, and Papua New Guinean rainforests, “Pauulu’s Diaspora” recognizes a global leader who has largely been absent from scholarship. In doing so, it brings to light little-known relationships among Black Power, pan-Africanism, and environmental justice.
About the Author
Quito Swan is Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he directs the William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black Culture. An historian of the twentieth century African Diaspora, Swan is the author of ‘Pauulu’s Diaspora: Black Internationalism and Environmental Justice’ (University Press of Florida, 2020), ‘Black Power in Bermuda’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), and the forthcoming ‘Pacifica Black: Black Internationalism in Oceania’ (New York University Press, 2021). He has garnered national awards and grants for his research, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, the Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Australia’s University of Queensland. His research, teaching, and community work has taken him across the United States, Britain, Australia, Kenya, Venezuela, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Vanuatu, and Bermuda. Swan co-edits the Black Internationalism book series at the University Press of Illinois.