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Free the Land: Republic of New Afrika & Pursuit of a Black Nation State

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Join University Archives at Chicago State University for American Archives Month, as we engage an unknown narrative of Black Power politics.

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FREE THE LAND: THE REPUBLIC OF NEW AFRIKA AND THE PURSUIT OF A BLACK NATION-STATE

Thursday, October 22nd | 11:30-1:00 (CST)

FREE ONLINE EVENT* | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

*Instructions and link to join virtual event will be sent the morning of the event to email address used to register.

A convening of over 500 Black nationalists in spring 1968 to initiate the process of securing independence from the United States resulted in the development of the Republic of New Afrika (RNA). RNA, a sovereign nation-state that encompasses traced boundaries of southern states including South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, was a part of a larger plan for reparation and financial restitution for the enslavement and subsequent inhumane treatment of Black Americans.

University Archives & Special Collections at Chicago State University will host historian and author, Dr. Edward Onaci, for a moderated discussion about this largely unknown, yet critical history in the lineage of Black Power politics and liberation movements expanded on in his book, Free the Land: The Republic of New Afrika and the Pursuit of a Black Nation-State. While the struggle to "Free the Land" remains active today, this book is the first to tell the full history of the RNA and the New Afrikan Independence Movement. Discussion will also include why and how (the lack of) primary source materials about Black radical movements in "traditional" cultural memory institutions play a role in not only suppressing these important narratives, but can also limit our understanding of American history.

Edward Onaci is Associate Professor of History at Ursinus College, where he teaches African and African American intellectual history ; Modern United States history ; Violence, technology, and terrorism in the United States ; Social movements ; and Music, technology, and political empowerment . Onaci received his PhD in History from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Discussion moderated by Chicago State University's Assistant Professor and Coordinator of African American Studies, Dr. Kim Dulaney.

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