Public Event

Healing the Souls of Black Folks: Transformational Frameworks for the African Diaspora
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
600 South Gregory
Urbana (View Map)

Kim Butler
Department of African Studies, Rutgers University

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