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A Space for Peacebuilding, Scholarship, and Understanding

Dividing Lines: An African American & Native American Symposium is an event in which
academics, artists, institutions, community organizations and figures can discuss and showcase African American, Native American and Afro-Amerindian research topics and perspectives.


The goal of Dividing Lines is to address the often overlooked interactions between Africans and Indigenous populations throughout the Americas in an interdisciplinary fashion. This is intended to be an annual event, laying the groundwork for more comprehensive studies in the future.

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2020 Report

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2019 Report

Watch Our 2021 Virtual Symposium Below!

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Sean-Paul Walker

American Indian Counseling Center

LA County Dept. Mental Health

AARCC Board Member

Rev. Dr. Waltrina Middleton

Executive Director

Community Renewal Center

This dialogue centers on ways in which people advocate for their respective communities and participate in community engagement and include a discussion on the roles faith and/or culture plays in outreach and engagement. shared and distinct issues each participant comes across in their line of community work. Moderated by Steven D. Gayle, Executive Director of the Afro-Amerindian Research & Cultural Center.

Kimberly Knight

Founder & Executive Director

Black Indians of NC

Black Indians NC is an organization dedicated to people of African, African American, and American Indian decent living in North Carolina. The founder and Executive Director of this nonprofit organization, Kimberly Knight will discuss the group's origin as well as its current and future initiatives.

Rachael Finch

Senior Director of Preservation and Education

Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN

Join us for a presentation on a 19th Century building with a storied past ranging from the Chickasaw Nation to the United States Colored Troops of the Civil War era. Led by the Rachael Finch, this segment of the Dividing Lines Symposium will highlight the history and current preservation efforts of the the Historic Franklin Masonic Hall in Franklin Tennessee.

Anjail M. Haqq, MSW

Master Level Therapist

Eva Macias

Ph.D. Candidate 
Critical Dance Studies
University of California, Riverside

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Cedric Turner-Kopa

Substance Abuse Counselor

Our final panel for the 2021 Dividing Lines Symposium will feature a dialogue concerning ways African American and Native American people cope with life circumstances.

 

Anjail Haqq, MSW, Evangelina Macias (Aamskapipikuni, GrosVentre, Assinboine, African American) and Cedric Turner-Kopa will shed light on the ways these communities and individuals have and can adapt to challenges.

Dividing Lines: An African American & Native American Symposium is an event in which academics, artists, institutions, community organizations and figures can discuss and showcase African American, Native American and Afro-Amerindian research topics and perspectives.

 

This year we are hosting a series of virtual presentations and panels. We look forward to you joining us as we continue to create a space for peacebuilding, scholarship, and understanding!