Ibrahim Sundiata on Slavery and the 1619 Project

Professor Ibrahim K. Sundiata is Emeritus Professor of History and African and African American Studies at Brandeis University. He received his doctorate from Northwestern University, where he was active in the 1968 Black student protests. The historian’s initial research was on West Africa in the era of the slave trade. Sundiata has taught African History at Rutgers University, Northwestern, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

At Brandeis, he served as Chair of the Department of African and African American Studies. He also had the honor of serving as Chair of the History Department at Howard University from 1998 to 2002. After his time in Washington, he was a Fellow at the DuBois Institute of Harvard University. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the researcher has traveled extensively in South America, the Middle East, and Australia. Sundiata currently resides in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, where he has held a Fulbright Professorship at the Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA -Federal University of Bahia).

He is the author of four books. His most recent is on the Garvey movement and the dilemma of the black minority in white America: Brothers and Strangers: Black Zion, Black Slavery (Duke University Press). He is currently working on a collection of essays analyzing “The Sixteen-Nineteen Project.”

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