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In This Land of Plenty: Mickey Leland and Africa in American Politics
March 5, 2020 at 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
As part of the Writer’s Discussion Series, the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History will host Benjamin Talton, professor of African history at Temple University. His research, writing, and teaching focus on politics and culture in modern Africa and the African Diaspora. He will be discussing his book In This Land of Plenty: Mickey Leland and Africa in American Politics.
In This Land of Plenty presents Congressmen Mickey Leland as the embodiment of larger currents in African American politics at the end of the twentieth century. But a sober look at his aspirations shows the successes and shortcomings of domestic radicalism and aspirations of politically neutral humanitarianism during the 1980s, and the extent to which the decade was a major turning point in U.S. relations with the African continent. The book explores the links between political activism, electoral politics, and international affairs. Talton not only details Leland’s political career but also examines African Americans’ successes and failures in influencing U.S. foreign policy toward African and other Global South countries.