The African American Program of the Senator John Heinz History Center will hold its sixth annual Black History Month Lecture, which features Sowande Mustakeem, Ph.D., author of “Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage” with the lecture Freedom’s Blood Memories: Slavery, Terror and the Evolution of Black History. Mustakeem is associate professor of History and African American Studies at Washington University, St. Louis.
Admission to this event is free, but does not include access to museum exhibitions. Please register below.
For more information, please contact Samuel W Black, Director of African American Programs, at 412-454-6391 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Sowande Mustakeem, Ph.D.
Sowande Mustakeem is the author of Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage, winner of the Wesley-Logan Prize, American Historical Association (2017). Most times left solely within the confine of plantation narratives, slavery was far from a land-based phenomenon. This book reveals for the first time how it took critical shape at sea. Expanding the gaze even more deeply, the book centers how the oceanic transport of human cargoes – infamously known as the Middle Passage – comprised a violently regulated process foundational to the institution of bondage. Sowande’ Mustakeem’s groundbreaking study goes inside the Atlantic slave trade to explore the social conditions and human costs embedded in the world of maritime slavery.
Mustakeem earned a bachelor’s degree from Elon University, master’s degree at The Ohio State University, and doctorate from Michigan State University. She received a two-year Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship and teaches history and African and African-American studies at Washington University. Mustakeem has published a number of influential articles and book chapters on topics including black women’s history, gender, violence, the social history of medicine and the studies of the black Atlantic/African diaspora.