Immigration is a Black issue

Endorsed by the OAH Committee on the Status of ALANA Historians and ALANA Histories and IEHS

Saturday, April 1, 2023, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: African American; Immigration and Internal Migration; Race


As Black immigration organizers have amplified, Black immigrants have faced acute challenges — particularly under both the Trump and Biden administrations. Anti-Blackness and white supremacy have long shaped both the immigration system and the criminal legal system, which ensnare Black immigrants disproportionately. Moreover, Black immigrants have often been marginalized in histories of U.S. immigration. This roundtable discussion brings together activists and scholars to discuss how centering stories of Black immigration across historical periods can transform our understanding of U.S. history and inform social justice organizing.

Session Participants

Chair: Carly Goodman, Made by History

Panelist: Nemata Amelia Ibitayo Blyden, George Washington University

Panelist: Violet Johnson, Texas A&M University

Panelist: Carl D. Lindskoog, Raritan Valley Community College

Panelist: Jemima Pierre, UCLA