Boston University’s African American Studies Program in conjunction with the African Presidential Archives and Research Center presents African Americans and U.S. Foreign Policy, a two-day conference to be held from October 27-28, 2010. The conference will engage academics, diplomats, and public and private sector leaders in a conversation on the contributions of African Americans to United States’ foreign policy.
Our goal is to analyze the role of African Americans on U.S. foreign policy, with a focus on both the historical and current impact. Beginning with the arrival of Africans in North American colonies through the abolition of slavery to contemporary U.S. foreign policy, the conference will delve into the influence of African American individuals, movements, and institutions and their role in shaping the policy framework defining American foreign policy. The emergence of Pan-Africanism, the importance of the African independence movement, the role of the Black Church, and United Nations and State Department politics will be addressed.