Samuel Livingston, Ph. D
Dr. Samuel T. Livingston is Associate Professor and Director of the African American Studies Program at Morehouse College. He is a native of the North Santee community of Georgetown SC, an area rich in Gullah culture and history. He earned his doctorate in 1998 at Temple University in African American Studies focusing on Africana resistance movements. His research focuses on African Diasporic resistance movements and their uses of African cultural traditions. His research has examined the influence of the Nation of Islam on Hip Hop culture, as well as, inter alia, African sources of African American liberation ideologies and philosophies from the 16th to the 20th centuries.
THIS PRESENTATION RECASTS AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY TOWARDS A LONGER AFRICAN DIASPORA-ORIENTED HISTORICAL CONTEXT BY ARGUING THAT Contrary to Anglo-centric scholarship of many noted historians, including e.g., Ira Berlin, African American history does not begin in Jamestown, Virginia in 1619. Ninety-three years Before those 20 twenty some odd Negroes were traded for food at Point Comfort, 100 Africans plotted a slave rebellion to initiate a tradition of resistance that culminated with the participation of nearly 200,000 Black soldiers defeating slavery in 1865.