MillerComm Lecture Series

Healing the Souls of Black Folks: Transformational Frameworks for the African Diaspora

Thursday, February 25th, 2016
Kim Butler

Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum

600 South Gregory


Event Description

In the narrative of black empowerment in the Afro-Atlantic diaspora, the concept of healing is transformational. The questions of coping, which W.E.B. DuBois wrestled with in his 1903 work, The Souls of Black Folk, are disturbingly familiar today. Examining African migration to Brazil and the Caribbean, Kim Butler explores the ways young people create a powerful language of healing through Carnival, Mandinga, and hoodoo bag, and how they grapple with white supremacy, dwindling educational opportunity, police violence, poor housing, and income disparities.
W.E.B. DuBois Lecture

Hosted by: Center for African Studies, Department of African American Studies

In conjunction with: Center for Global Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for Women and Gender in Global Perspectives, Department of History, Department of Sociology, European Union Center, Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, Spurlock Museum




Kim Butler

Department of African Studies, Rutgers University