The crowd watches a musical performance during a Black History Month event in February 2017

Carleton Holds Black History Month Lecture on African Resistance

By Audra Diptee

In honour of Black History Month, Prof. Horace Campbell sat down with the CBC’s Adrian Harewood at Carleton University on Feb. 18 to discuss the ways globalization is affecting Africa.

His talk, entitled “Popular Resistance in Africa and International Solidarity,” was attended by more than 120 academics, diplomats, members of the community and students from across the city.

Co-organized by the Institute of African Studies and the History Watch Project, the event’s opening remarks were made by Carleton President Roseann O’Reilly Runte, Prof. Audra Diptee and Pius Adesanmi, director of the Institute of African Studies.

Campbell, a professor of Political Studies at Syracuse University, was recently awarded the prestigious 2017-2018 Kwame Nkrumah Fellowship of African Studies at the University of Ghana.

Challenging an Economic Global Order

His talk urged listeners to contemplate ways in which African political and economic unity could challenge an economic global order that has exploited human and natural resources of the African continent, financed wars and uprisings, and controlled a carefully constructed narrative that assumed solutions to the challenges on the continent could only come from the West.

The event was followed by a reception that allowed conversation to continue informally for two hours against the backdrop of steelband music played by Dejehan “Luckystickz” Hamilton.