African American History and the Year of Return

noon to 1:30 p.m., Feb. 25, 2020

In 2019, The African nation of Ghana  hosted “The Year of Return” to celebrate "the cumulative resilience of all the victims of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade who were scattered and displaced through the world in North America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia." Africana Studies faculty member Tani Sanchez discusses a recent year of return trip to Ghana and contextualizes it in terms of her own years of research and genealogy into her African American heritage including her personal black family history, from slavery to Freedom, from Louisiana to Arizona.

Information on the speaker:  Dr. Tani Sanchez Associate Professor of Africana Studies is primarily interested in racial representations in the media and in the study of African American history and culture. She worked for several years as an editor, broadcast journalist and as a media information specialist. She is also the first president of the Tucson Chapter Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, is a member of the Tucson Black Film Club, and has served as a State President of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs. She has a doctorate in Comparative Cultural and Literary studies; her Masters degree focused on visual culture/art history while her undergraduate studies included Radio and Television.

This event is free and open to the public.  A light lunch will be provided.