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.
Professor Heywood will be speaking at the Black Cultural Archives on July 3, 2017 at 7pm.
Professor Heywood’s Njinga of Angola: Africa’s Warrior Queen runs in European literary circles as seen by David Gelber’s review, “The Woman who would be King” in London’s The Literary Review and translated in France’s Le Books du Jour.
For more information, read the review here.
May 17, 2017
Click here for the podcast interview by Mark Klobas with Professor Linda Heywood on Njinga of Angola: Africa’s Warrior Queen featured in the New Books Network.
May 19, 2017
“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
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