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Released August 31, 2004

AFRICAN HISTORIAN TO PRESENT SEMINAR ON CULTURAL LINKS
BETWEEN WEST AFRICA, AMERICAN SOUTH

HATTIESBURG - An expert on the cultural linkage between West Africa and the American South will present a seminar on the topic Thursday, Sept. 2, at The University of Southern Mississippi.

"The Historical and Cultural Links Between West Africa and the U.S. South: An African Point of View" will feature Dr. Ibrahima Seck, an assistant professor of history at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal. The program will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Southern Miss English Department Conference Room, Liberal Arts Building, Room 346.

The Southern Miss departments of history, political science and anthropology and sociology are sponsoring this seminar.

Seck is an administrator in Dakar at a branch of the West African Research Association. He has presented many programs and workshops in America on the African diaspora, and his research and publications include "The Illegal Slave Trade Between Saint Louis in Senegal, the West Indies and Louisiana in the 19th Century," "African Cultures and Slavery in the Lower Mississippi Valley, from Iberville to Jim Crow," "Holly Spring Blues," a video documentary on the life and music of Junior Kimbrough and "The Roots of the Blues Culture, a Documentary Video" (in progress).

For more information on this event, call Dr. Douglas Chambers at (601) 266-5642.

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September 9, 2004 10:50 AM