This post is part of a blog series I am editing, which announces the release of selected new works in African American and African Diaspora History. Black Power 50, a new companion to Schomburg’s Anniversary Exhibit was recently published by The New Press.
The co-editors of Black Power 50 are Sylviane A. Diouf and Komozi Woodard. Sylviane A. Diouf is a historian of the African Diaspora and the curator and the director of the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York. She is the author of Slavery’s Exiles, Servants of Allah, and Dreams of Africa in Alabama, which received the Wesley-Logan Prize from the American Historical Association and the Sulzby Award from the Alabama Historical Association. Diouf is a recipient of the Rosa Parks Award, the Dr. Betty Shabazz Achievement Award, and the Pen and Brush Achievement Award. She is the editor of Fighting the Slave Trade: West African Strategies (Ohio University Press) and the co-editor of In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience (National Geographic). She has written books for children on African history and American slavery. Kings and Queens of West Africa, part of a four-book series, won the African Studies Association 2001 Africana Book Award for Older Readers. Her illustrated book Bintou’s Braids has been translated into French and Portuguese.
Komozi Woodard is a professor of history at Sarah Lawrence College. He is the author of A Nation Within a Nation; and the editor of The Black Power Movement, Part I; Freedom North; Groundwork; Want to Start a Revolution? and Women in the Black Freedom Struggle. He studies African American history, politics, and culture, emphasizing the Black Freedom Movement, women in the Black Revolt, US urban and ethnic history, public policy and persistent poverty, oral history, and the experience of anti-colonial movements. He is a reviewer for American Council of Learned Societies, adviser to the Algebra Project and the PBS documentaries, Eyes on the Prize II and America’s War on Poverty, and sits on the board of directors for the Urban History Association.