I have been encouraged to add a last chapter to the second book I am writing on Queen Njinga, provisionally titled Memory, History, Culture and Politics in the African Diaspora, including North America.
The new chapter on Njinga in the US will focus on the construction of a memory of Njinga in the United States from the 19th century to the 1990s.
Over the years I have gathered a great deal of information in books and on the web about Njinga in America. In the early 1990s I was involved in the African American dramatist Ione’s play Njinga: The Queen King. The play premiered at BAM in Brooklyn, and had a run at Shakespeare Theater in Washington DC. I was the scholar who Black Sisterhood in Action [hyperlink?] consulted when they commissioned Leo Sarkesian’s beautiful portrait of Queen Njinga.
I am now looking to gather additional information on how Njinga’s name and history continues to be relevant today. If you have heard of Njinga, please get in touch!
I’d like to know where, when and how you first heard Njinga’s name and/or about her history. I’d also be interested in whether you or any of your friends have the name Njinga, or have changed your name to Njinga.
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