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African-American Historical Linkages with South Africa

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The project's co-directors, Robert Edgar and David Anthony, have extensive experience researching and writing on African Americans and South Africa.

Robert Edgar, Professor of African Studies at Howard University, has been a Fulbright lecturer at the National University of Lesotho and has also taught at Georgetown University and the University of Virginia. In 1994-1995 and 1998 he was the recipient of Fulbright research fellowships. He first began studying African Americans in South Africa in 1973 when he studied Wellington Buthelezi's 'American' movement in South Africa. This study opened a window on the extensive ties between black in both countries. Several decades later he published the research notes of Ralph Bunche, who, while a professor of Political Science at Howard University, had taken a three-month journey through South Africa in 1937.

David Anthony, Associate Professor of History at the University of California at Santa Cruz, has also taught at Coppin State College, the University of Oregon, and the National University of Lesotho as a Fulbright lecturer. He became interested in African Americans in South Africa through writing an M.A. thesis on Max Yergan. After completing his Ph.D. dissertation of the twentieth century cultural history of Dar es Salaam, Tangyanika at Wisconsin University, he returned to Yergan as the subject of a major biography. His research has unearthed a wealth of sources detailing African-American-black South Africa interactions.

Robert Vinson, the project's senior researcher, is completing a Ph.D. dissertation at Howard on the impact of Marcus Garvey's movement on South Africa. He has traveled to South Africa for several research trips and has studied black Baptist missionaries who served in South Africa around the First World War.

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