Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 as she talks with Assistant Professor Shona Buchanan, author of Who's Afraid of Black Indians?. There is perhaps no other alliance greater between two groups than that between the native nations and first Africans and later African Americans. As colonialism progressed in the United States, the native nations were foreign in their own country. Then as African Americans were emancipated and later given the vote, native nations remained apart in their own separate lands. All during this period, American Indian and African American families were intermingling with the result that we have several tribes with notable representation of Indian/African lineage.
ShondaBuchanan is an award-winning poet and fiction writer. Also a creative nonfiction essayist, she is editor of Voices from Leimert Park: A Poetry Anthology. She is an Eloise Klein-Healy Scholarship recipient, a Sundance Institute fellow and a PEN Center Emerging Voice fellow. She has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and several grants from the VirginiaFoundation for the Humanities. Former managing editor of Turning Point Magazine,Shonda is an assistant professor in the Department of English at Hampton University, teaching fiction, poetry, narrative nonfiction, senior seminar, composition and magazine writing. She has published three chapbooks of poetry.