Professor Linda Heywood will be giving a talk at the Library of Congress on “Queen Njinga’s Diplomacy: Written and Performed” Nov 9th

Thursday, November 9, 2017, noon –  1 p.m.
Book Talk: “Queen Njinga’s Diplomacy: Written and Performed” by Linda Heywood

The African Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division at the Library of Congress invites you to a book talk, “Queen Njinga’s Diplomacy: Written and Performed,” by Linda Heywood.  Dr. Heywood is Professor of African History and the History of the African Diaspora and African American Studies at Boston University. Her latest book is “Njinga of Angola: Africa’s Warrior Queen” (Harvard University Press, 2017). Book signing to follow. Free and open to the public. Please allow time to clear security.

Location: African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, LJ-220, 2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street SE, Washington, DC 20540. Metro stop: Capitol South.

Contact: Laverne Page, (202) 707-1979,
Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 (Voice/TTY) or email

Professor Heywood and the 1619 VA Conference in KUSI News, San Diego’s News Channel

Reportage from San Diego’s KUSI News Channel on scholars from the Dartmouth 1619 Virginia Conference featuring AMERICAN EVOLUTION – Linda Heywood and James Horn

“In August 1619, 20 Angolans arrived in Virginia, forever changing the course of American history and creating a profound and enduring impact on the Virginia Colony,” said Linda Heywood, professor of African History and the History of the African Diaspora and African American Studies at Boston University. “This is the moment in history when African culture became an integral part of American culture. It is unfortunate that history books don’t teach us much about the remarkable backstory of the first Africans who arrived in Virginia. It is imperative that we study, understand and honor the enduring influence that these individuals, and other Africans who followed them during the next three decades, have on the landscape of modern day America.” 

— KUSI News 

To read the full reportage, click here.

May 10, 2017

Professor Heywood in Video from the American Evolution Virginia to America 1619-2019 Conference

Watch this inspirational short video from the conference, American Evolution Virginia to America 1619-2019,  that features Professor Heywood in her talk on Njinga of Angola: Africa’s Warrior Queen where she is quoted saying:

“I always tell my students…that I’m looking at Africans as they became American.”

Click here to watch the video.

April 24, 2017

Professor Heywood and Njinga in SmartyPants Podcast on Sex and Law, The American Scholar

Check out Stephanie Bastek’s podcast on sex and law where Professor Linda Heywood talks about Njinga, to whom Bastek refers to as “cooler than Cleopatra,” along with other discussants including Geoffrey R. Stone who talks about sex and the U.S. Constitution and John Dvorak who talks about the upcoming August 21st solar eclipse.

Click here to listen to the podcast.   

April 7, 2017