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2015 - ASALH Centennial Annual Meeting and Conference Words: 115 words || 
1. Madzimoyo, Ife. "African, Like Me? Gambian Perceptions of African Americans Claiming an “African” or “Pan-African” Identity" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASALH Centennial Annual Meeting and Conference, Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta, GA, <Not Available>. 2019-06-16 <>
Publication Type: Abstract
Abstract: This qualitative, non-experimental study seeks to explore and understand the perceptions of Gambian immigrants in the Atlanta area with respect to African Americans who claim an African or Pan-African identity. The study is mainly concerned with how participants perceive: 1) those African Americans (the people themselves) who claim a Pan/African identity, 2) the actual act of African Americans choosing to claim a Pan/African identity, and 3) African Americans’ expression/demonstration of a Pan/African identity/culture. The study will utilize 3-4 focus group sessions with a sample of 18-36 first and second-generation Gambian immigrants residing in the Atlanta area. Focus group audio transcripts will be analyzed and coded by identifying themes and patterns relevant to the research question.

2015 - National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) 39TH Annual Conference Words: 307 words || 
2. Radney, El-Ra. "Pan – African Scripting: African American Language and the Struggle against the Colonization of African Memory" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) 39TH Annual Conference, The Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel, Los Angeles, California, Mar 11, 2015 <Not Available>. 2019-06-16 <>
Publication Type: Individual Abstract
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Langston Hughes’ poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” (1967) clearly exhibits an African consciousness. The symbols and the ethos invoked locate Pan-Africanist scripting in AAL. The remembrance of Africa has dominated Black speech/ Black language/Black rhetoric and Black writing.
The speaker connects the soul, struggles and heritage of Africana peoples to four great rivers in the ‘Middle East’, Africa and America. In this way the poem charts the journey of African American, Continental Africans, and African Diaspora peoples, and links these communities to their triple heritage in a Pan-Africanist soul-force. Hughes’ poem comprises a less-complicated object of study for the prospects of this paper on Pan-African scripting. The larger ambition would be fulfilled in examining how the distinctive language forms/styles of AAL outlined by celebrated linguist Geneva Smitherman (‘Dr. G’), Denise Troutman, etc. such as ‘signifyin’ and ‘loud talking’ matchup with Pan-African revivalism in Black American language and its expressive arts.
In this light, this paper will extract Nyamnjoh’s and Shoro’s (2009) model of Pan-African scripting and apply it to African American language (AAL). Nyamnjoh’s and Shoro observations deal closely with continental African writers, language and mobility.
This study deviates and expands upon their notion by first looking at African American language, writers, spoken word and hip-hop, and then by adding the prospect of ‘linguistic resistance’ to this body of knowledge production. Linguistic resistance is sited by Nyamnjoh and Shoro, (2009) in the text of Amos Tutuola’s the Palm Wine Drinkard.
Linguistic resistance is illuminated by what Toyin Falola (2013) describes as the colonization of memory, and the colonization of spaces. In the early days of Ebonics development, Twiggs (1973) first approaches the notion of linguistic resistance as “functional interference” and African slave rebellion, where enslaved Africans in the Western Hemisphere refused to “speak the white man’s language, as the white man desired”, and as result Africanized it (55-56).

2015 - National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) 39TH Annual Conference Words: 213 words || 
3. Shehada, Sohail. "African Art, African Dance and African American Studies" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) 39TH Annual Conference, The Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel, Los Angeles, California, Mar 11, 2015 <Not Available>. 2019-06-16 <>
Publication Type: Individual Abstract
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: African Art, African Dance and African American Studies: A Collaborative Work
This presentation links the teaching, scholarship and artistic production activities of the author, an assistant professor of Studio Art and instructor of African & African American Studies at a large university in the Midwest. It focuses on the process, production and performance of a collaborative work with an African American instructor of Modern Dance at the same university. The author functioned as scenic and stage designer for a dance production featuring African American modern dance majors in a contemporary piece illustrating indigenous African cultural themes of transformation and the power of dance. The artwork for the dancers’ visual presentation integrated knowledge and research of African body painting, with reference to African tribal heritage. The large sculptures built for the stage referenced the rocky landscape of the Mandara mountains region in northern Cameroon- Nigeria border. Individual portraits of the dancers with body paint, projected above the stage throughout the performance, are built around the knowledge of African body ornamentation. This presentation also includes viewing of a short video clip of the dance performance and of still shots of the dancers’ portraits and stage set.

Sohail Shehada
Assistant Professor, Studio Art
University of Oklahoma
School of Art and Art History
Norman, OK 73019

2011 - American Sociological Association Annual Meeting Pages: unavailable || Words: 12224 words || 
4. Ogundipe, Victor. "The Development of Ethnic Identity Among African-American, African Immigrant and Diasporic African Immigrant University Students" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV, Aug 19, 2011 Online <PDF>. 2019-06-16 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: This paper investigates the development of ethnic identity among different Black ethnic groups in the United States. The three different Black ethnic groups that will be investigated are: 1) African immigrants, 2) African-Americans, and 3) Diasporic African immigrants (Caribbean, Afro-Brazilian, etc.). These groups broadly encompass the bulk of the range of people of African ancestry in the United States amalgamated under the term Black. This project seeks to explore the impacts of immigration status, discrimination and inter-group relations (between different Black ethnic groups) on the ways that members of different Black ethnic groups form their ethnic identities.

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