Black History Month: Prof. Vaughan Explores Africans in the US Since 1980s

Olufemi Vaughan

Olufemi Vaughan

In the early 1960s, there were about 80,00 African immigrants and their children in the United States. Today, that number has grown to five million, and more than 10 percent of all black people here were born in a foreign country.

In his lecture, African Immigrants and Refugees in the United States, Olufemi Vaughan, Bowdoin’s Geoffrey Canada Professor of Africana Studies and History, himself an immigrant from Nigeria, explored what countries African immigrants have come from and why, as well as the role they have played in the larger American story. The lecture is one of a series of talks called “Why African-American [Blank] Matters in America,” happening on campus as part of Black History Month. Read more.

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