Who Are the African Immigrants?

Who Are the African Immigrants? A presentation at Willingboro Public Library, NJ on Saturday, December 7, at 2 p.m.

Willingboro Public Library presented an interactive lecture "Who Are the African Immigrants?," with Professor Mojúbàolú Olufúnké Okome.  "Our goal is to inform and create awareness about this growing and diverse group of Africans, who live and interact with others in New Jersey," says Paulette Doe-Williams, adult services librarian. "We aim to dispel stereotypes and encourage dialogue between groups in
Willingboro and surrounding towns."

The talk is the second in a series on African Immigrants in New Jersey, funded by a grant from the N.J. Council for the Humanities.  Mojúbàolú Olufúnké Okome is a professor of political science at Brooklyn College.  A Nigerian by birth, she was educated at the University of Ibadan, Long Island University, and Columbia University. Her most recent books are:  Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome, editor. Contesting the Nigerian State: Civil Society and the Contradictions of Self Organization; and State Fragility, State Formation, and Human Security in Nigeria. Both were published by Palgrave-Macmillan in 2013.  Together with Professor Olufemi Vaughan, Geoffrey Canada Professor of Africana Studies & History at Bowdoin College, she also co-edited West African Migrations: Transnational and Global Pathways in a New Century; and Transnational Africa and Globalization, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012.  She is the editor of Ìrìnkèrindò: a Journal of African Migration, a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the study of African migration and immigration to other parts of the world. http://www.africamigration.com/

The introduction was by Mrs. Paulette Doe-Williams, Adult Services Librarian at Willingboro Library

Willingboro Public Library (www.willingboro.org) is located at 220 Willingboro Parkway, just off of Route 130 and Levitt Parkway, next to Strayer University. For further information, call 609-877-6668.


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