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Slavery's Exiles: The Story of the American Maroons

Slavery's Exiles is the first book to uncover, describe, and analyze the American maroons' daily life, and to detail the creative ways in which these forgotten men and women managed to survive, sometimes only a stone’s throw away from the plantations.

Dreams of Africa in Alabama: The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Story of the Last Africans Brought to America

The first book to fully document the most unique and overlooked story of the American slave trade: the exceptional saga of the young people from the Bight of Benin who, in May 1860, were deported on the last known slave ship to the United States. Eager to go back home, but unable to do so, they founded a town that still endures and is the only place in the country where most people know who their African ancestors were.

Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas - 2013 edition

 Servants of Allah presents a history of African Muslims, following them from West Africa to the Americas. Although many assume that what Muslim faith they brought with them to the Americas was quickly absorbed into the new Christian milieu, this book demonstrates that Islam flourished during slavery on a large scale.

Black Power 50

Black Power 50, edited by Sylviane A. Diouf and Komozi Woodard is a fully illustrated companion to a major exhibition at the Schomburg Center (February 2017) curated by Sylviane A. Diouf. It includes original interviews with key figures from the movement, essays from today’s leading Black Power scholars, and over one hundred stunning images, offering a beautiful and compelling introduction to this pivotal movement.

Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers

The story of the East Africans who greatly distinguished themselves in India. They wrote a story unparalleled in the rest of the world — that of enslaved Africans attaining the pinnacle of military and political authority not only in a foreign country but also on another continent. Abundantly illustrated.

Fighting the Slave Trade: West African Strategies

This book is a very informative study of how West African societies self-identified and asserted political, economic, and social control in the face of enslavement of their own.
African Studies Review

Offers a different, rich and challenging perspective on the Atlantic slave trade.
Progress in Development Studies

Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas (1998)

For three hundred and fifty years, Muslim men, women, and children were sold in the New World. Often literate, urban, and in some cases well traveled, the West African Muslims realized incomparable feats in the countries of their enslavement. As Muslims in Christian lands, these involuntary migrants had to overcome particularly daunting obstacles to maintain and express their faith.
Through examining their history, their stories, and their legacy, this book reveals that what they wrote on the sand of the plantations is a story of strength, resilience, courage, pride and dignity.

In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience

The extraordinary range of African-American migrations - from the earliest Africans who arrived to the recent movement of blacks back to the South - is the focus of a new Web site and an exhibition of recent research that could redefine African-American history, said scholars involved with the project.
The New York Times

Bintou's Braids

Bintou wants braids. Pretty braids just like her older sister and other women in her family. Long braids woven with gold coins and seashells. But she is too young for braids. Instead, all she ever gets are cornrows. However, when Bintou saves the lives of her two young cousins and is offered a reward of her choosing, she discovers that true beauty comes in many different forms.

Kings and Queens of Africa

Each book in this series -- West, Central, Southern and East Africa-- looks at different eras to show how the region evolved through time and the most significant rulers of the region. Some were more famous than others, and some well-known figures do not appear here. I have presented social, political, and cultural innovators who connected their kingdoms to a much larger world, or brought various groups together into one people. These rulers left important legacies.

Growing Up in Slavery

Children who grew up enslaved faced a life of extreme poverty, backbreaking labor, the constant threat of being separated from loved ones, and the reality that the future offered little hope. But by learning about the daily lives of the children of slavery, we see that in spite of all of this, they persevered and came to make lasting and important contributions to the country that had enslaved them.

Selected Articles & Essays

Muslims in America: A Forgotten History, Al Jazeera

Last Slave Ship Survivor and Descendants Identified, National Geographic

Journey of No Return, National Geographic

What Islam Gave the Blues, Renovatio

African Muslims and the Slave Trade, Historic London Town and Gardens

The 1967 Controversy, Revisiting Rebellion: Nat Turner in the American Imagination

1613-1865: Slavery and Freedom, Black New Yorkers

1866-1915: Migrations and New Neighborhoods, Black New Yorkers

1916-1939: War and Renaissance, Black New Yorkers

1940-1959: WWII, Housing, and Politics, Black New Yorkers

1960-2010: Civil Rights, Black Power, and Beyond, Black New Yorkers

African Resistance to the Slave Trade and Slavery, The Abolition of the Slave Trade: The Forgotten Story

African Americans Celebrate the Abolition of the Slave Trade, The Abolition of the Slave Trade: The Forgotten Story

American Attempt to Reopen the Slave Trade, The Abolition of the Slave Trade: The Forgotten Story

Cudjo Lewis, Encyclopedia of Alabama

Africatown, Encyclopdia of Alabama

Contemporary African Immigration, In Motion: The African American Experience


"Muslims in the Americas: The First 500 Years", Legacies,  The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Spring 2018


"The First Stirrings of Islam in America", The Oxford Handbook of American Islam, Yvonne Haddad and Jane Smith, eds. Oxford University Press, 2014


"African Resistance to the Transatlantic Slave Trade". 200 Years Later… Commemorating the 200 year anniversary of the Abolition of the Transatklantic Slave Trade (Berlin: Werstatt Der Kulturen, 2008)


"A la decouverte du Schomburg Center", Les Africains et leurs descendants en Europe avant le XXe siècle  (Toulouse: MAT, 2008)


"Hispaniola Revolt, 1522"; "Francois Makandal, 1758"; "Male Revolt, 1835", Encyclopedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellion, Junius Rodriguez, ed., (Greenwood Press, 2007)


"American Slaves Who Were Readers and Writers", The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, Summer 1999


"Sadaqah Among African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas", The Journal of Islamic Studies, Oxford University Press, 1999