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What is Africa to Me? Yoruba Traditions and the Meaning of Africa in America
Event Type:Lecture/Reading
Location:Mary Woolley Hall, New York room
Thursday, February 06, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Religious & Spiritual Life,Upcoming Events
Sue Rusiecki
Department:Department of Religion and African

Tracey E. Hucks, Department of Religion, Haverford College

Exploring the Yoruba tradition in the United States, Hucks theoretically engages the image of Africa as an epistemic resource of authentication, rehumanization, and as a symbol of religious value and meaning for black North Americans across several centuries. As one of the many religious alternatives to Black Christianity that emerged in 20th century North America, Yoruba religion created room for African Americans to grapple with ambiguous questions of origins and identity while resisting depreciative images of racial and social blackness. For African Americans in the 1960s who envisaged their North American presence from a position of historical exile, Yoruba religion offered textured notions of home, homeland, and belongingness to a pre-slave past and to primordial origins rooted in Africa. Ultimately, Hucks weaves historical, sociological, and religious analyses of the relationship between black cultural nationalism and reinterpretations of the complex meaning of Africa within the African American community. 

Sponsor:Co-sponsored by Department of Religion and Africana Studies Program
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