Going global: restoring agency to black history

This post is contributed by Joe Merton, Lecturer in Twentieth Century History, Faculty of Arts. His main area of expertise is the social and political history of the twentieth century United States. It is a great privilege to teach black history at university. Few fields of history offer such lively and provocative source material; such breadth; …

People often think they know Martin Luther King Jr, but do they?

Guest post by Peter Ling, Professor of American Studies, Head Department of American and Canadian Studies Look at the new statue in Washington, featured on our poster. Its design was controversial because some felt it made King look too stern and forbidding a figure, but maybe it corrected a false perception of him and his …

Nas at Lovebox, 20 years of Illmatic

To mark Black History Month, Nottingham MRes student Jasmine Gothelf (American & Canadian Studies) reviews a recent performance by the African American artist Nas in Britain, and discusses the ongoing political relevance of hip hop to contemporary African American life. To hear about another black activist’s visit to Britain, please join the American & Canadian …