Sojourner Truth Keynote Address: “Black Internationalism in the 1980s: the Forgotten Story of Mozambique”


Location: 300 O’Shaughnessy Hall


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Join us in celebration of Black History Month with the second annual Sojourner Truth Keynote Address 

Speaker: Dr. Martha Biondi, Northwestern University

“The Vietnam War and Black liberation movement made many Americans question Cold War readings of national liberation struggles in the global south and sparked an array of solidarity efforts with ongoing anticolonial struggles. Alongside the fight to end apartheid, activists worldwide sought to expose and stop a South African-backed proxy war against its neighbor, newly independent and socialist-leaning Mozambique. Black Chicagoan Prexy Nesbitt organized a nationwide Mozambique Support Network to send material aid to Mozambique and to pressure the Reagan administration not to aid the insurgents.” Martha Biondi is the Lorraine H. Morton Professor of Black Studies and Professor of History at Northwestern University. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University. Biondi writes about 20th-century Black radicalism and social movements. Her book, To Stand and Fight: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Postwar New York City, was the first book-length account of the northern civil rights movement. Harvard University Press awarded it the Thomas J. Wilson Prize. In another book,The Black Revolution on Campus, she explored the nationwide Black student movement of the late 1960s and the struggle to forge Black Studies programs in the 1970s and beyond. It won the AHA’s Wesley-Logan Prize for an outstanding book in the history of the African Diaspora.