Amritjit Singh, Ph.D., the Langston Hughes Professor of English at Ohio University, will speak on “Challenges of Migration and Citizenship: African Americans and Asian Americans, 1850-1925” at 2 p.m. on Feb. 18 in the Bennett Hall auditorium at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The talk, which is sponsored by OU-C’s cultural committee to celebrate Black History Month, is free and open to the public.
The time period that Singh will address is an era of internal migration of African-Americans from the South, from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance. These experiences will be compared with the legal and immigration challenges Asians faced in their search for “home” and U.S. citizenship during the same period.
The speaker is an internationally respected poet and published scholar on African American, South Asian, and diverse cultural and literary politics.
Based on the premise that 9/11 has crystallized the need in our country for developing a more inclusive narrative of U.S. citizenship and understanding of race, the talk will include the migratory patterns of non-immigrant groups and the often forced internal migrations of native peoples. Dr. Singh aptly reminds us that, as American citizens, “since 9/11, we’re all in this together.”