Kevin Gaines teaches as part of the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University. His interests include U.S. and African American intellectual and cultural history; race and gender politics in post–World War II America; African American cultural production; and global dimensions of the African American freedom movement. He is the author of Uplifting the Race: Black Leadership, Politics, and Culture during the Twentieth Century (1996), winner of the American Studies Association's John Hope Franklin Publication Prize; American Africans in Ghana: Black Expatriates in the Civil Rights Era (2006); and the forthcoming book, "The African American Journey: A Global History." He is also a past president of the American Studies Association.
- The U.S. Civil Rights Movement through Music
- "New York is like Johannesburg": The Global Dimensions of the African American Freedom Movement
- American Africans in Ghana: Black Expatriates and the Civil Rights Era
"New York Is Like Johannesburg"
This lecture was presented as a Herbert P. Lefler Lecture at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, in February 2015 and recorded by the college's Presentation, Events, and Production Support department. During his talk, Professor Gaines screened a short newsreel from Pathé News entitled "Riot at UN," documenting the protest at the United Nations after the announcement of the death of Patrice Lumumba in February 1961.
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