brenda dixon gottschild

I look upon ballet the way I look upon the symphony orchestra. They are some of the last bastions of white supremacy. And what’s interesting is, if you would talk to these artistic directors of these ballet companies or the conductors of these, they – they don’t know. That’s the problem. They don’t realize that they are at the service of … They are the lackeys of racism.
—  Brenda Dixon Gottschild in A Ballerina’s Tale

African Roots/American Cultures: Africa in the Creation of the Americas [Paperback]

Sheila S. Walker (Editor), Michael L. Blakey (Contributor), Tomas Olivera Chirimini (Contributor), Yvonne Daniel (Contributor), Howard Dodson (Contributor), Shelley Fisher Fishkin (Contributor), Jesus Chucho García (Contributor),Lisa Sánchez González (Contributor), Brenda Dixon Gottschild (Contributor)

Africans and their descendants constituted the majority of the population of the Americas for most of the first three hundred years. Yet their fundamental roles in the creation and definition of the new societies of the Onew world,O and their significance in the development of the Atlantic world, have not been acknowledged. This multidisciplinary volume highlights the African presence throughout the Americas, and African and African Diasporan contributions to the material and cultural life of all of the Americas, and of all Americans. It includes articles from leading scholars, and from cultural leaders from both well-known and little-known African Diasporan communities. Privileging African Diasporan voices, it offers new perspectives, data, and interpretations that challenge prevailing understandings of the Americas. Its fundamental premise is that the story of the Americas can only be accurately told by including the story of the foundational roles played by Africans and their descendants in the Americas.